Age UK project gets support from Horsham councillors

JPCT 130312 Park North, Hosham District Council office. Photo by Derek Martin
JPCT 130312 Park North, Hosham District Council office. Photo by Derek Martin

MORE than a quarter of Horsham District councillors have so far signed up as Pride of Place Advocates.

Horsham District Council is currently supporting Age UK’s Pride of Place campaign, which aims to highlight relatively low cost improvements to communities that will enable older people to continue being active for longer.

Horsham District Councillors have been signing up as Age UK’s Pride of Place Advocates demonstrating their support for this important campaign. Furthermore, Kate Rowbottom (Con, Billingshurst and Shipley) has been appointed as the council’s Pride of Place Champion.

As the number of local older people rises, it is important that as many people as possible keep active and are able to contribute to the local community for as long as they can.

HDC is committed to improving communities for the older people in the district.

For many older people, a lack of good quality support within their community can act as a barrier that prevents them from being active locally. Small improvements can enable older people to continue being active for longer.

The Pride of Place campaign recognises that councillors can bring co-ordination and leadership to understand people’s priorities and drive improvements forward.

The Age UK campaign invites councillors to make time to listen to older people, help make ‘change’ happen to improve neighbourhoods and make an ongoing commitment to keep people involved.

As Pride of Place Advocates, councillors are invited to consider a number of key questions such as how they can listen to older people in their wards, what issues affect older people and what the barriers are to getting older people involved.

Kate Rowbottom, Horsham District councillor and Pride of Place Champion, said: “I am delighted to have been chosen for this role and hope to make a significant contribution by highlighting the needs and wishes of the elderly in the area.”

In addition to this councillor commitment, Horsham District Council also hosts the Horsham District Wellbeing service.

This provides advice, support and information on health and wellbeing issues which affect older people, including getting and staying social and active, and healthy weight and diet.

For advice on these issues, and a range of others, the Council’s Wellbeing advisors can be contacted by calling 01403 215111 or visit www.horshamdistrictwellbeing.org.uk

Horsham District Wellbeing is a free, friendly and impartial service from Horsham District Council, the NHS and other partners.

For more information about Age UK’s Pride of Place campaign, visit http://www.ageuk.org.uk/get-involved/campaign/better-neighbourhoods-pride-of-place/