South West Seniors Assembly 2014
At the Winter Gardens Weston Super Mare
A very successful assembly of over 140 delegates was held on Friday 5th September 2014 in the beautiful surroundings of Weston Super Mare’s Winter Gardens. This was a joint event organised by South West Forum on Ageing (SWFoA) and South West Seniors’ Network (SWSN) with a wide range of speakers exploring many different issues affecting older people and seniors in the South West. The event provided on excellent opportunity for those present to look at some of the challenges faced by an ageing society and to come up with proposals that will make life better not just for older people today but for tomorrow’s older people too.
The conference opened with an energetic display by the LinkAge Bristol Line Dancers, followed by singing from the Malcolm X Singers getting the approval of the audience with such numbers as “Jamaica Farewell” and “No Woman No Cry”.
One of the most hard-hitting presentations of the day was from Andy Kaye Head of Policy and Campaigns at Independent Age, who talked about the very difficult environment facing the care sector today. He spoke of the problems caused by increasing demand and very much reduced supply in the care sector, as major cuts are made, and the worrying number of older people who are being potentially failed by the system. There was a call from Tony Watts the Chair of SWFoA for political parties to sign up to a National Housing Manifesto for Older People’s Housing. The conference delegates voted in favour of Brian Warwick’s, Chair of South West Seniors’ Network, proposal for a Minister or Commissioner for Older People, to ensure that older people’s voices are heard.
Further discussions, presentations and networking opportunities continued throughout the day with the conference being heralded as a resounding success.
LINKING LOCAL FORMS
South West Seniors Network's second event in the Linking Local Forums Programme proved to be a great success.Funded by a Lottery Awards For All Grant, the theme of
the day was “working together” .The agenda was a mix of speakers
and round table debate led by table leads around a selection of key topics. The former Chair of SWSN had approached the Housing LIN to suggest a joint conference bringing together the members of the SWSN and the members of the Housing LIN. This was a unique opportunity for over 50 older people and housing professionals to come together toidentify and debate the issues of an ageing society.
More details of the report are available on the publications page of this website and photos are in the Gallery page.
A previous Chair of South West Seniors' Network receives recognition for her great contribution to the Network from Brian Warwick former Chair of the Network
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