Today’s Older people are becoming increasingly more aware of just how powerful their voices can be and that they now have to be listened to by politicians. The power they now hold through the ballot box has never been so strong.
For the first time in history of this country there will soon be more older people than young people, and as the countries economy becomes increasingly more dependant on the huge contribution that older people make to society. This has to be formally recognised, through real the engagement and participation of all Older People in the Big Society Strategies now being formulated by the Government.
This year Thurrock Over Fifties Forum is hosting the Eastern Region Older Peoples Advisory Group Annual Conference at the Civic Hall Grays on November 18th.2010
Older people forum delegates from all over the East of England will attend the daylong conference. The conference theme is ‘Building a Big Society for all Ages’
The Statuary authorities strategic planning and service delivery will be at the forefront of meeting the challenges and opportunities and planned budget cuts. Solutions can only be achieved by fully engaging with older people. Working in partnership will is the key to achieving the aims of ‘Building a Society for all Ages’, and the Big Society vision.
Speakers from a range of organisations will talk on how to increase knowledge and awareness of these agendas and other issues affecting all older people and will highlight best practice in empowering and involving older people in decision-making.
Delegates will also be able to visit show stands, focusing on older peoples services and opportunities for involvement in the Big society. Older people will also be able to
Speak up for their Age under the banner of ‘Nothing about us without us’,
Information, entertainment and lunch will ensure that the day will be an interesting and enjoyable one The event is free to the over fifties.
Book your free place now on 01375412324
yourthurrock covered the event last year and we spoke to one of the speakers