Who Is The WLBC Older Peoples’ Champion?

Although it seems WLBC does not have an Older Peoples’ Champion, if you would like to invite the Older Peoples’ Champion to an event, please contact the member services department. Eh?

Old news from the WLBC news desk 

“Unfortunately our previous Older People’s champion has recently [as recent as November 2019] stepped down as a Councillor. We are currently in the process of setting up an election to find our new one”. Eh? Best not invite the Older People’s Champion to an event then?

Who remembers when Cllr May Blake

was the Older Peoples’ Champion? A long serving councillor, 04/05/1995-07/05/2023, 100% attendance record, unlike some we could mention. As long ago as 2013 she was involved with the Mere Brook centre that offers a valuable local service to help improve the quality of life for people with dementia”.

“Whatever the issue under discussion, we want to make sure that the needs, wishes and preferences of older people are fully taken into account.

“To achieve this and ensure that older people are at the heart of our council’s activity, we have a dedicated older peoples champion. Unfortunately our previous Older People’s champion has recently stepped down as a Councillor, [Whoops, that was a fib, it was as recent as six months ago!], we are currently in the process of setting up an election to find our new one, until then any queries can be directed to the Customer Services department, where they will transfer you to the appropriate team.

So if we have an Older People’s Champion what will they do? “Assist the Leader and the relevant Portfolio Holder by advising on service issues which support and encourage active, independent and healthy lives for older people and to raise the profile of older people and their needs in the development of policy across all areas of the Council.

“Acting as a Spokesperson to promote the positive aspects of the Council’s work with Older People.

“Encourage Older People to play a fuller role in shaping the policies of the Council and in designing its service.

“Work to promote positive images of Older People as citizens, and to combat stereotyping and age discrimination.

“Forge and maintaining links locally with Older People’s Networks

Older People’s Champion Grants

“Organisations that represent senior citizens are eligible to apply for grants to support projects that will benefit older people. Visit our grants page to find out more.

“If you would like to invite the Older People’s Champion to an event, please contact the member services department” who will probably tell you to bugger off, we haven’t got one!

WLBC Last Updated | Monday, November 04, 2019 | 11:30 AM. We’ve only been without our Champion for six months! Still, Rome wasn’t built in a day, was it? We’ve only taken six months currently NOT to hold an election!

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