Older people’s voices to be heard

A message to HOP Members from Dil Daley, Chief Executive, Age Concern Liverpool & Sefton.

“We at Age Concern Liverpool & Sefton are committed to older people having a defining voice in those matters which matter to them. Sadly the Liverpool Senior Citizens Forum disbanded a couple of years ago; but we now feel it is time for a new older people’s forum to represent older people’s views in Liverpool.

The timing is perfect to develop a new Liverpool based forum as we are about to witness the initiation of an Older People’s Forum designed to work at a City Region level involving older people from Liverpool, Sefton, 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 City Region Forum will be held on 7 March at the Museum of Liverpool 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, Liverpool people need to be actively engaged.  If you would like to be involved in both the Liverpool Forum and the City Region Forum, then please contact Rachel at Age Concern Liverpool & Sefton on 0151 330 5678.”

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