Sefton’s six forums speak up for us
Did you know that in Sefton, we have 6 older persons’ forums that meet every month? These are held at Southport, Ainsdale, Formby, Crosby, Maghull and Bootle. The Ainsdale Forum met for the first time at Ainsdale Lunch and Leisure (Methodist Church) this month and many of you attended!
Every month there are speakers who provide advice to all in areas that are of interest to us older folk (over 60). For example, the Southport Forum meets on the last Wednesday of the month at the United Reformed Church Hall at Lord Street West from 1:30 to 3:30 pm. Details of the dates and venues of the other 5 Forums can be found by contacting Justine on 01704 500 500 or by email at Justine.email@example.com Examples of speakers we have had include those from Sefton Council, Sefton Healthwatch, NHS providers such as Lancashire Care, Southport Hospital and the Clinical Care Commissioning Group (CCG), Age Concern Liverpool & Sefton, Mersey Rail, Care Service providers and the Alzheimers Society. At these events, information leaflets and other advice including such as on allowances and other services and from where to get more help and information are made available. Everyone is made welcome and all is needed are details of your name and address so that Justine from Sefton Advocacy that administer and run our Groups can keep you informed and remind you of what is on at the next meeting. There is also some help by providing and paying for taxis for those who find it hard to use public transport.
At these events, we all are encouraged to ask questions and raise issues that are of relevance. Such issues are then taken to the Sefton Partnership for Older Citizens committee (S.P.O.C) to be taken forward to for example, Sefton Council, Mersey Travel, Sefton Carers, to note and act on as relevant accordingly.
This committee meets every two months and has 3 representatives from each of the Older Persons Forums. It is currently chaired by Brian Clark of the Southport Forum and also, has membership that includes representatives from Sefton Council CVS, Councilor Paul Cummings, One Vision Housing, Riverside Housing, Alzheimers Society, Sefton O.P.E.R.A., Merseytravel, the NHS Sefton CCGs, NHS Lancashire Care, Sefton Healthwatch, Sefton Carers Centre and Age Concern Liverpool & Sefton. SPOC has, and still does, have influence on the decisions made by Sefton Council and other organizations (e.g. Merseytravel). It was noted at our latest meeting that Merseytravel propose to discontinue the issue of printed timetables which is of concern to all those older persons who are not connected on line or want to go on line. Hopefully SPOC can encourage Merseytravel to continue with the printed timetables or propose an alternative way of supporting those people. Our committee (SPOC) has been recognized as one of the most active and effective in the region in supporting the needs of older citizens.
So, please come to one of the forums in your area; I think you will enjoy the experience and feel at home. We all have the same wish and that is to work towards making Sefton an Age Friendly Borough. I look forward to seeing you at our future meetings.