Posted on: Tuesday 2 October 2018
This week, Torfaen Council has been celebrating International Day for Older People 2018.
Older people have much to offer communities across Torfaen. From their life experiences and knowledge; some people continue to work well past retirement age, some help to raise grandchildren and some volunteer. Torfaen Council work with partners to support people to age well and do this through local policies and services.
Pupils from many Torfaen schools spend time with older people in County Hospital, Griffithstown and in care homes across the borough, getting to know them by hearing what they have done in their lifetime and what they are interested in. This helps younger and older people to understand one another and the issues each generation faces as well as having some fun together.
Some of the things happening in Torfaen this week to celebrate International older people's day are:
- St Albans School year 9 assembly - Guest speaker Dave Mynott, a senior volunteer at the local carers centre, speaking about what he gets out of helping others and how this contributes to treating older people fairly and with dignity.
- Members of Torfaen Young People’s Forum are attending training from the Wales Cooperative on how to be a ‘Digital Hero’. For updates, take a look at their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/TorfaenYouthForum/
- Cwmbran Library - Older people's champion stories.
Additionally, there are three 50plus forums operational across Torfaen, giving older people a voice into public services, ensuring their needs and aspirations are met when Torfaen services are planned.
Executive Member for Health, Adult Services and Wellbeing, Councillor Richard Clark said. "As Champion for Older People in Torfaen I am pleased to support International Day of Older People. This year we are celebrating the importance of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Older people have the same right to independence, participation, care, self-fulfilment and dignity as everyone else."
For more information on how to join your local 50plus forum email PSSU@torfaen.gov.uk or call 01495 766958.