South West Seniors' 2017 AGM GREAT SUCCESS
South West Seniors' Network members came from across the South West to attend their 2017 Annual General Meeting which was held at the Albemarle Centre in Taunton on 25th October. Local older people's forums aim to bring older people together to enable them to have a voice and influence. Many of the forums also offer a range of other opportunites including the chance to get together and socialise. Local forums vary in size with Plymouth Forum reporting their membership now stands at 1,000.
The audience heard presentations from South West Foundation on 'Women's involvment in Parliament'; Paul Grainge from RECOOP talked about RECOOP's work with older ex-offenders and prisoners and how their older prisoners' forums in the South West are helping to influence improvement of services in prisons. Jim Law from Wiltshire and Swindon User Network, in his presentation ,called on members to raise issues locally, about keeping pavements accessible and safe.
New members were recruited to the Management Committee and Judith Whiteley was confirmed as Chairperson.
The Network are now looking forward to working with their members and extending their work in 2018 to include individuals from other Voluntary Organisation, not just older people's forums, that are run by older people for older people.
For more information contact the Chairperson: Loretta Whetlor: email firstname.lastname@example.org
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'.