In addition to the Business Meeting, we had a lively 'Question Time' session with a panel made up of our Patron, John Grundy; Cllr Habib Rahman, Cabinet Member for Communities; Professor Tom Scharf from Newcastle University and Douglas Rennie representing Tyne and Wear Citizens. They answered challenging questions from the members and have given the Elders Council plenty of food for thought.
The Elders Council is a group of people who are interested in having a say about how to make Newcastle a great city in which to grow old. We do this in a variety of ways - peer research, arts projects, focus groups and regular meetings with service providers and policymakers.
As older people, we know that social care is in urgent need of reform with fewer people getting the help they might need to remain independent at home. A group of Elders Council members set out to explore alternative models of care and support. Their findings are available in a report in the Reports section of the website. Elders Council is now discussing the findings with Newcastle City Council and others in the hope that more innovative models of care will be offered in the city.