Members who attended the Elders Council Annual General Meeting on 3 July 2014 had the opportunity to view a short film 'Energy and Commitment' showing the Elders Council at work. If you weren’t able to get to the AGM the video has now been uploaded and can be viewed on http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0w4uWSBmTw0&feature=em-upload_owner#action=share . As we said on the video, it is always difficult to describe succinctly what we do. If you are intrigued by any of the examples of work shown on the video and would like to get more involved, get in touch with us for more information.
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.
We (the Elders Council, with Quality of Life Partnership and Northumbria and Newcastle Universities) had a series of public conversations with people aged 50 years and over who live in Fenham/Wingrove area of Newcastle.
We really wanted to know what people think is good about their neighbourhood, and how it could be improved to better meet their needs in the future. We will be using this blog to keep you updated about what we heard during these events.
We held three public conversations with around 25 people during May. At the first two events, we asked people to share their experiences, opinions and ideas about their home and their neighbourhood. At the last event, we worked with Skimstone Arts, a local arts organisation, to produce a play to illustrate some of the ideas that have come out of the conversations. This play, and the other feedback we got during the public conversations, will be shared with around 80 people working in professional and voluntary organisations at future events, to make sure what we've found out together is heard by the right people.
We hope our conversations will help us to get a better understanding of the range of activity and support available in Fenham/Wingrove, and also help us to raise important issues about what needs to happen in the future with people working in housing, care and health in later life.
It would be great to gather your opinions too. It doesn't matter if you're under 50, or if you don't live in Fenham/Wingrove, we know that you will have some great ideas about how our neighbourhoods need to change to be fit for the future.
We hope you'll join in this conversation, and keep visiting the blog to read what we are finding out. Click here to join in the conversation.