Community Networks in Hereford
110 Old Eign Hill
Hi, my name is Janice and I am the founder of www.oapschat.co.uk. Oapschat was born in April 2013 as a Facebook page. One lunchtime, my family and I were talking about the lack of websites for over fifty fives. So I decided to look into this more thoroughly. There are a few, but they are celebrity based or specific to grandparents etc.
So I decided to launch Oapschat FB page and post and comment about the silver and golden years. A blog was set up and I started to write weekly columns on health, money, lifestyle issues,relationships memories and much more. The FB page grew slowly at first, but gradually I was having more and more likes. The Daily Mail mentioned me twice in 2014 and more likes followed. To date there are over 885. It was in November 2013 that I decided I had enough material and confidence to launch the website.
Since that day, I have been writing articles on all kinds of topics. I now have over fifty wonderful contributors to date and articles on all different subjects are posted on an almost daily basis. Members can comment via disqus, FB and Twitter.
Raffles are held monthly, sometimes more often. Firms, shops, businesses, authors and many others donate prizes. A newsletter goes out once a month with my plans for the coming weeks.
I am an Independent Happy List Winner 2014 for founding the website.
Oapschat stands for Optimistic and ProActive Seniors Chat. Loneliness is a big scourge on our society worldwide and the website helps combat this awful isolation by coming together and sharing our thoughts and ideas.
Oapschat is well and truly born now and I hope it will continue to thrive. With your support, I'm confident it will!
I have been with oapschat from the first day and have made and met many new friends. Great way to combat loneliness. I would tell anyone to join and never be alone again.
Derek Coles - 28/04/2015 | report this review
This website features a wonderful collection of articles full of advice, inspiration and encouragement to senior citizens. Do you want to write poetry, sort out a health problem, visit a new place in the UK or abroad, get going on that novel or memoir you've always meant to publish, try some new recipes, make some new friends? It's all there, and much more, on the website. I recommend it wholeheartedly. The forum is free to join, members can contribute articles themselves, if they wish, and there are regular competitions to win great prizes, too, such as champagne, chocolate, books and clothing. Well done, Jan - keep up the good work!
Margaret James - 17/04/2015 | report this review
You work so hard Janice, I pass your house each day walking my dog and see you tapping away on the keyboard, working hard for people, and I know you are helping so many of us, keep up the good work girl, and well done. X
Chris Crockett - 17/04/2015 | report this review
My association with Janice Rosser and oapschat began a little over two years ago when I suffered the huge trauma of my dear wife passing away.I was reading my usual paper and the oapschat.co.uk caught my eye in Bel Mooney's page. That was the start of a new life with a new family that I never knew existed but one that I came to rely on and regularly got in contact through the web site. The hub of all this is Janice Rosser. Her hard work, compassion and dedication to making a difference especially for elderly people on their own. The website is for all not just over 55's. Janice has worked tirelessly to get the website up and running. It is full of articles written by members, myself was the first contributor with an article on loneliness. There are now some 400 articles all edited and posted by Janice. A huge commitment on her part. She has worked so hard for all us oapschatters and, especially me, appreciate the work and the time she has put in. All might I add for little reward and most of it at her own expense. I say to all you companies out there, this is some advert for your company, one you cannot afford to pass by. Get onto the website oapschat.co. uk and let us reward janice for all her hard work for all of us. Norman Turner.
Norman Turner - 17/04/2015 | report this review