Old people well-being protected

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A DRAFT strategy to promote the involvement and well-being of older people living in the borough has been agreed by cabinet members.

The ‘Nothing about us without us’ document has been prepared by North Tyneside Council and its partners within the North Tyneside Strategic Partnership.

The strategy aims to ensure the involvement and respect for older people, that they live in safe neighbourhoods, remain healthy and independent and have economic and personal development opportunities.

Coun Les Miller, who presented the report along with Coun David Sarin, the council’s older people’s champion, said: “I believe by starting this process for North Tyneside and making sure of the involvement of older people in our borough is a positive step forward.

Alma Caldwell, of Age UK, said: “This is the first document for old people which has involved most of the key partners in the strategic partnership, which I think is a first and I know they are keen to be involved in the monitoring process.

“It’s an exciting time for us in North Tyneside, and older people in particular.

Mayor Linda Arkley added: “It’s a long overdue process for us and I’m delighted with it.”

The strategy will now be considered by the North Tyneside Partnership executive.

Achievements under the previous strategy include two new extra care housing schemes in North Shields and Killingworth, securing funding for the modernisation of sheltered accommodation, the launch of the ease EXTRA 60+ discount card, as well as inter-generational activities.