A powerful voice for older people in Sefton
We at Age Concern Liverpool & Sefton are committed to older people having a defining voice in those matters which concern them. This week there are two initiatives to tell you about which will help ensure that older people’s voices are heard.
The first is the welcome news that Sefton partnership for Older Citizens (SPOC) will once again be involved in producing the updated older people’s strategy for Sefton. The aims of the new strategy will be:
- To challenge the stereotypes of older people, and to set out how the Sefton community can respond to the opportunities and challenges of an ageing population, whilst recognising the current constraints upon public expenditure;
- To set a clear direction for our communities and strive to ensure that the needs of people aged 50+ are met;
- To provide a framework of joint objectives which organisations and public services should use to shape their own plans to meet the changing needs of an ageing society;
- To identify and recognise the increasingly diverse population of older people in Sefton and work harder to ensure that organisational and service responses are sensitive to their specific needs;
- To bring a shared focus to the work of a wide range of agencies and partners, and strengthen the case for funding from national and regional programmes;
- To involve older people as active and equal partners in the process by enabling them to use their strengths in building community networks and
- To encourage people to plan much earlier for the financial and other implications of their retirement, such as the possible impact of fuel
If you would like to be involved in developing and monitoring progress against this vital strategy document, then please contact Justine at Sefton Older Persons’ Forums/Sefton Advocacy on (01704 500 500).
Another opportunity to be engaged is provided by the initiation of an Older People’s Forum designed to work at a City Region level involving older people from Sefton, Liverpool, St.Helens, Knowsley, Halton and the Wirral. The aim is to provide a strong voice for older people in City Region affairs. This will become more important as time goes on as the City Region now has its own Mayor, Steve Rotherham, and delegated powers to act on a regional basis to shape policy and action which will affect local services. The first meeting of the new forum will be held in March and Steve Rotherham has agreed to open the meeting and launch the Forum. Initially the Forum will focus on 3 issues: The need for a government Minister for Older People; a digital integration commitment that acknowledges that not all older people want or are able to access things online and last, but not least, the Forum will press to be engaged in measuring and monitoring progress to make the City Region “Age Friendly”. It’s a powerful agenda and one with which local people need to be actively engaged. Once again, if you would like to be involved, then please contact Justine on 01704 500 500