Talking West Cheshire

Older People's Network expanding its forums across West Cheshire

27 September 2010

The Older People’s Network for Cheshire West and Chester is expanding its local forums across the Borough.

The Network was established in 2000 to establish good links with the growing number of older people and the Council to listen to their views and to enlist their help with the planning of policies and services which affect them.

So far the Network has forums in Vale Royal, Chester and Blacon and is expanding into Ellesmere Port, Neston and Malpas.

Cheshire West and Chester Council has recognised the Network as an organisation for older people which speaks for older people.

UK Older People’s Day on 1 October coincides with the UN International Day of Older Persons and will be the fourth year the Day has been celebrated in this country.

In 2009 there were 70,000 people of pensionable age in the Borough and over the next 20 years the number of people aged 65 or older is expected to increase by more than 50 percent and there will be approximately 14,600 aged 85 and above.

Cheshire West and Chester Councillor Pat Lott is the Council’s Older Persons Champion and a member of the Network’s core group.

She said: “I have been a member of the Network for some time and there are excellent links with the Council.

“The Network helps the Council plan its future services for older people and the voice of our 500 members can be heard.”

Margaret Yorke, Secretary of the Older People’s Network, said: “If we are lucky we will all get old one day and we will all want a happy and healthy life in later years.

“It is important that older voices are heard now so we are able to influence the planning for the future.

“Older people’s opinions are vital so please make contact with the Older People’s Network and join our membership.”

If you are interested in joining the Older People’s Network please ring 01244 344837 or 01244 344026.

Meeting of the Older People's Network

Photo: Councillor Pat Lott, Cheshire West and Chester Council’s Older Persons Champion and from the Older Peoples Network Secretary Margaret Yorke and Chairman Denise Pritchard.