The Conference in Gloucester attracted over 60 participants. A number of professional bodies and charities joined the older people to listen to speakers on the topic of MAKING CONNECTIONS IN LATER LIFE. Excellent presentations were given by Mary Morgan - Commissioner for Adult Services, Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group, Rob Fountain CEO Age UK Gloucestershire, Amanda Cooper digital skills co-ordinator Adult Education, Gloucestershire. The talks were interspersed by John Bassett (actor) with moving accounts of issues in later life, especially the consequences of bereavement. This was ably supported by a sketch from the Ageing Well Group. The event was chaired by David Grant of Gloucester Older Peoples Assembly (GOPA).
Our Transport Challenges and the Way Ahead
Held on Friday 10th February 2017 at Exeter Football Ground.
Held on 26th October 2016 in Truro
This conference in Truro was fully booked and rated as good or very good by 90% of those who attended. The challenging topic of the conference included presentations from Jim Mckenna, the portfolio holder for Adult Care in Cornwall Council; Rik Evans the former Vice Chair of the Royal Cornwall Hospital Trust; Andrew George the former Health Select Committee member and Kathy Byrne CEO of the Royal Cornwall Hospital Trust.The event was chaired by Judith Whiteley, Chairperson of South West Senior's Network.
The Real People Theatre Company is a women's theatre company founded in 1999 by Sue Lister and Anne Murray. Their performance 'I am x years old when will it be safe for me to come out', looks at why so many women hide part of themselves for fear of prejudice and social exclusion when going into care. It is as if they wear paper bags which mask the 'shameful parts'.