Older people sought to be eyes, ears and voice of their communities

Older people are wanted to be new recruits – as a voice of their communities.

Trafford’s Age Well Board has launched an Older People’s Voice drive to ensure older people are at the heart of decision making and ensuring their views are heard.

To coincide with International Day of Older Persons on Thursday 1 October members of the public are being invited to join the virtual launch at the Age Well Board meeting.

The meeting will showcase some of the great work already happening in Trafford offer an opportunity to ask questions and launch Older People’s Voices.

Cllr Jo Harding, chair of the Age Well Board, said: “We keep hearing stories about the need to protect older people because they are vulnerable. But actually, many older people are active and valued members of society and do so much for our communities.

“They are volunteers, they do charity work, and they have a wealth of knowledge and expertise.

“What we want to do is tap into that and bring people with that great drive and determination on board.

“We don’t want our Age Well Board to be about authorities talking at older people. It should very much be our older people driving the work along and that is why we are calling for older people to be voices of our communities.”

The Age Well Board is a partnership between Trafford Council, Trafford CCG and health partners. It aims to support residents to live healthier lives for longer, enable them to live in their homes and neighbourhoods for as long as possible and empower older residents.

Anyone wishing to join the virtual meeting, which begins at 10am on 1 October, can email partnershipsteam@trafford.gov.uk for the link.

Posted on Wednesday 23rd September 2020