Make your voice heard at Shropshire Older People’s Assembly
News from our partners Age UK Shropshire Telford & Wrekin (Age UK STW)
The spring meeting of the Shropshire Older People’s Assembly (SOPA) is on Tuesday 17 April 2018 at University Centre Shrewsbury.
With pressures on health and social care, the meeting is themed around alternative medicine and assistive technology in the home to raise awareness of the opportunities available to older people in Shropshire.
Speakers include James Warman from Shropshire Council, Simon Ross representing Marches Energy Agency, and Alan Hopewell, who is an expert in his field of alternative medicine and regularly conducts allergy testing at Shrewsbury Herbarium.
It’s free to attend the event on 17 April 10am–12.30pm; refreshments will be available throughout the morning. A question and answer session will also be held to allow older people to express their concerns about issues affecting them.
At the end of the meeting there will be a feedback session with Age UK STW for anyone who would like to attend.
To secure your place please contact Ann Wilde on 01743 891833 or email: email@example.com
SOPA was established in 2011 to confront and change the perception by older people in the county of Shropshire that their interests are being marginalised.
SOPA has highlighted key issues concerning the welfare of older people and brought them to the attention of those responsible for planning and delivery services, whether Shropshire Council or other bodies. With increasing awareness of SOPA and membership increase we will continue to tackle the marginalisation of older people and vigorously campaign on their behalf.
About Age UK Shropshire Telford & Wrekin
Age UK Shropshire Telford & Wrekin is a local charity which has been working tirelessly for over 67 years to make life better for older people across the whole of Shropshire.
Age UK Shropshire Telford & Wrekin offers a range of services for older people in the county. These include: Information and Advice, Day Centres, dementia support, the Help at Home Service, volunteer befriending visitors, Home from Hospital services, Lunch Clubs, Living Well activities, Benefits Advice, and Advocacy on behalf of older people.
Last year over 100,000 volunteer hours were given to support older people, ranging from helping people to fill in benefits forms, supporting people in our 40 Day Centres, visiting isolated older people at home, to acting as receptionists in our Shrewsbury office.
As part of our ‘No one should have No one’ campaign, we are raising money and recruiting volunteers to increase services such as befriending and social activities that reduce isolation and loneliness among older people in Shropshire.
Age UK Shropshire Telford & Wrekin is based in Shrewsbury and in Telford. The Shrewsbury office is open from 10am–4pm Monday to Friday, 01743 233123. Our office at Meeting Point House in Telford is open every morning, 01952 216018. Further information about our local services is available on our website www.ageukshropshireandtelford.org.uk