Older People's Portfolio Holder
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 created a dedicated portfolio (area of responsibility), for older people.
The Portfolio Holder for Older People will lead on issues such as advising on how to support and encourage active, independent and healthy lives. They will also help to raise the profile of older people and their needs.
The Portfolio Holder will act as a champion, promoting positive images of older people as citizens, liaising with networks and organisations, and encouraging older people to play a full role in the development of council policies and services.
Cllr Terry Aldridge is the current Portfolio Holder for Older People. He commented: “I am delighted to take on this new role for the council. I will be listening to our older people and working hard to improve services for them.”
Listening events for older people
Councillor Terry Aldridge held two special listening events in Ormskirk and Skelmersdale in March.
Questions were raised about about Personal Independence Payments and Disability Living Allowance. Tenants concerned about completing paperwork can ask for help filling in forms from our money advice team.
Transport was another key area covered, Cllr Aldridge reported that the 3A, 5 and 6 bus services have been reprieved for the next 12 months. Attendees also expressed concern over the closure of Age UK lunch clubs and Cllr Aldridge explained that other Age UK services in Ormskirk are continuing.
Listening event at the Chapel Gallery in Ormskirk
Visits to sheltered accommodation
Members of the sheltered housing team accompanied Councillor Aldridge on a tour of sheltered housing schemes in the Ormskirk and Skelmersdale area. He met staff and support managers and discussed a range of issued raised by residents. Councillor Aldridge would like to visit all sheltered schemes.
Cllr Aldridge meets residents of sheltered housing.
Older People's Champion Grants
Cllr Aldridge is inviting organisations that represent senior citizens 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 Portfolio Holder to an event – or you have any ideas or concerns that you would like to discuss – please get in touch.