Thurrock Asian Association celebrated National Older People’s Day on Sunday 2nd October, 2011 at the Asian Resource Centre, 35 Clarence Road, Grays which was attended by 42 local residents representing all communities living in Thurrock.
Yash Gupta president of the Thurrock Asian Association welcomed every one and praised the achievements of older people in bringing up their families and contributing to the development and welfare of society. He said that Age is very much respected in Asian Culture. To day’s event will however highlight the various needs of older people and the services provided by various statutory and voluntary organisations to fulfil their physical, social, economic and emotional- spiritual needs.
Glynis Pettit from the Age Concern-U K gave a lot of information about various services provided to older people by her organisation and offered help to individuals in referring to other agencies for sorting out their problems relating to benefits, pension entitlement etc.
Karen Glazzard from the Older People’s Project from the Thurrock CVS gave a plenty of information about TOFF- Thurrock Over Fifties Forum, Older People’s Partnership Board meetings and Handy Man’s services offered by the Thurrock CVS.
Naguib Nuthoo from the Thurrock Racial Unity Task Group (TRUST) explained his role of helping and supporting older people in getting access to better health and social services. He arranges regular health checks for over fifties with the health professionals in the Thurrock Asian Resource Centre and also encourages them to make full use of the small GYM located in the Resource Centre.
The participants were given some time to ask any personal or general questions to all the panel members which led to good discussion and helpful outcomes.
The two hours session finished with healthy eating of sandwiches and fruit. Everyone seemed to have good healthy time together. A number of helpful leaflets were distributed from health, social care and benefits.