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Now is the time to engAGE with your future

Just Regional
May 31, 2013 3 mins read

Age UK Norfolk is inviting people to have a say in the future of the organisation at an engAGE workshop being held on 5 July from 10.00am to 3.00pm.

If you are over 50 years of age, coming up to retirement or recently retired, Age UK Norfolk would like to hear your views about the future of services that will make a difference to both you and your friends and family as you get older.

Requirements for support and services in later life are changing as a result of social changes. People coming up to retirement, the so-called baby boomer generation, are considered to be the ‘youngest’ old in the history of the UK (1). Their experiences, views and preferences are likely to be very different from those of the previous generation. In addition to the changing expectations of this new older generation, we face of an ageing population and shrinking public sector.

Age UK Norfolk wants to work with local people to develop services that evolve in response to changing local needs, so that the charity can continue to offer high quality services that support older people living in Norfolk to maintain their independence and enjoy fulfilling later lives.

Bett Barrett, an Age UK Norfolk Trustee said, “This is a unique opportunity for people to let us know about their aspirations and fears for the future and what they would like to see in place to support them. We hope that people help us to develop a vision for the future of Age UK Norfolk.”

Each year about 650,000 people in the UK turn 65 (2). In 2011 the figure was over 10,900 in Norfolk alone (3).

In later life we may experience a number of life changes such as retirement, bereavement, becoming a carer, health matters or financial issues. Age UK Norfolk offers a range of services to support these and other later life experiences.

The engAGE workshop gives you the chance to have a say in shaping these services for your future and to offer your opinions and suggestions about other services you would like to see available.

It will also be an opportunity to find out what support is currently available and to consider what support you might need in the future.

Age UK Norfolk will use your ideas and opinions from the workshop to help plan new services and decide how existing services need to develop.

For further details, or to book a place on the workshop, please contact Eamon McGrath on 01603 785222 or email eamon.mcgrath@ageuknorfolk.org.uk

 

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