Community Services For The Over 50's

Older People

Community Services for the over 50's within the district of Bassetlaw.

Bassetlaw District Council want to maintain and improve the quality of life for older people in the District.  We want older people to have access to information about the services provided, therefore we have produced a Seniors Directory where you can find information about clubs and groups, access to services, nursing and residential homes and churches and faith groups in Bassetlaw.

There are many groups and clubs located in Bassetlaw where you can join in with activities or get help and advice on issues, such as:

Other contacts and information available for the over 50's:

Check a Trade

This scheme helps you find the right trade or service from service providers and tradesmen who have been recommended, vetted and monitored.

  • Contact: Check a Trade
  • Telephone: 0333 0146 190
  • Website:

Everyday Living Equipment

This scheme can provide you with certain items of equipment free of charge that make everyday tasks easier. These items are raised toilet seats, toilet frames, raised toilet seat with frame, and perching stools.

For further information please contact Nottinghamshire County Council Customer Service Centre.

Handyperson Preventative Adaption Scheme (HPAS)

HPAS will provide “that little bit of help” to older and vulnerable people in Nottinghamshire. The type of jobs range from fitting hand rails and half steps, to changing light bulbs, fitting door locks and putting up shelves. Often very small jobs such as fixing loose carpets or installing a handrail can prevent a fall and avoid unnecessary distress to an individual.

All traders are registered with the Buy with Confidence scheme detailed above.

Adaptations Available

Adaptations to your home may help you to remain living independently and safely in your own home, if you are over 60 or have a disability and live in the county of Nottinghamshire you are eligible to have any of the following pieces of equipment.

  • Grab rails
  • Stair rails
  • Half steps
  • Exterior hand rails

There is a limit of £250 worth of equipment per household and this service will cost you £15.

Exclusions to adaptations, they cannot currently be fitted into houses that are rented from the council or a housing association.

Who can have access to Handyperson Services

Handyperson services are available to you if you are over 60 or have a disability and live in the county of Nottinghamshire, they are available regardless of home ownership.

This service will cost you £15.

Please note this service does not include gardening, decorating or any job that requires a specialist skill.

For further information please view our Handy Person Adaptation Service (HPAS) brochure or contact Nottinghamshire County Council Customer Service Centre.

Bassetlaw Hospital Discharge Scheme

Bassetlaw Hospital Discharge Scheme operates in Bassetlaw district for anyone aged 50 or over on hospital discharge and helps them to quickly regain their independence and confidence.

The patient will be visited on the ward before discharge and matched with a volunteer.

Services offered include:

  • Preparing the home for return and a welcome home pack
  • Assisting with visits to outpatients’ appointments, shopping, collecting prescriptions and social activities
  • Helping to write and send letters
  • Sit and have a chat if needed

All volunteers are trained and CRB checked, and will provide support for four to six weeks. For further information please contact


The Connect service provides information, advice and short term support for people who are at risk of deteriorating health and independence as a result of age, mobility, disability, long term health condition or bereavement. It is aimed at people who might be struggling with keeping active or managing personal affairs, or who might be feeling lonely.  All these things can happen so easily as a result of getting older, poor health, family moving away or losing loved ones. 

The Connect service can find information about local services, activities and opportunities.  If needed, Connect can work with people around money issues, housing problems, health management and other things. This support will be tailored to each person and will focus on achieving what they want in a way that suits them.

If you, or someone you know, might benefit from the advice and support of Connect, visit or phone NCHA on 0115 844 3541.

Housing Choices Service

The service is provided in Bassetlaw by locally based voluntary organisations. The housing choices advisors will provide information and advice to help you to look at your personal housing needs. These options will include how to stay safely in your current home as well as advising you on different housing available in the area you wish to live.

The advisors are also able to provide personal assistance with any possible move to a new property, this may include completing the forms, accompanying to view properties, arrangements for the move and settling in.

For further information please contact:

IT Champions

IT Community Champions is a project which provides IT training to people aged 50 plus living in Nottinghamshire. The project has a team of 30 IT Trainers throughout the county (July 2011) who deliver training to small groups of up to four people.

The sympathetic and instructive support that IT Community Champions offer is essential in breaking down barriers and demonstrates that age is no obstacle to learning IT skills.

For further information please contact...

Nottinghamshire Help Yourself

The Nottinghamshire Help Yourself site is a partnership between health, the voluntary sector and Nottinghamshire County Council to bring information and advice together in one central place - so people can find the information they need easily.

For further information contact:

Other Useful Resources

Notts50Plus Website

Notts50plus is a website which provides older people with information to prevent them from becoming socially isolated. Information includes crime prevention, shopping, money management, benefits advice, meeting people, lunch clubs, etc. The website is easy to navigate, having included older people in the design and development of the site. It is divided into the different areas of Nottinghamshire to ensure that the information you get is local to you. It is a one-stop information point for services, activities and organisations available to over 50s across Nottinghamshire. For further infraction please visit the Notts50plus website.