A Pride of Place seminar, run by national charity Age UK and local charity Age UK Horsham District, took place at the Horsham District Council offices in late November so district and parish councillors could learn more about the issues facing older people.
The Pride of Place campaign highlights relatively low cost improvements that can be made to communities that will enable older people to continue being active for longer.
A presentation by both Age UK and Age UK Horsham District was given to councillors from Horsham District Council and a number of local parish councils so they could hear ideas on how they can improve their local communities for older people.
Many of the district councillors and local Parish Councillors have signed up to be Pride of Place Advocates.
There was lots of useful discussion around the issues that older people face and ideas were shared about improving their quality of life and how Councillors can play their part.
The seminar was delivered by experts from Age UK, both nationally and locally, for Horsham District Council’s elected members in recognition of the Council’s support for its Pride of Place campaign.
Elected Members also heard from a local older person, a resident in the District as well as hearing about the Horsham District’s Senior Person Council.
Horsham District Councillor Kate Rowbottom (Con, Billingshurst and Shipley), the Pride of Place champion, said: “It was good to see so many district and parish councillors taking part and to know that the welfare of our aging population is high on their lists of priorities.
“A very interesting and useful gathering from all areas of the District.”
For more information on Pride of Place, contact Age UK Horsham District by calling Janice Leeming, chief executive officer, on 01403 751306.