Council to hold healthier living event for older residents and organisations

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The district council has announced plans to hold an event in Skegness geared towards helping older people live more healthy lives.

With projections showing that East Lindsey’s older population will continue to grow in coming years, the district council has unveiled a new ‘Ageing Better in East Lindsey’ campaign and is inviting people to look at how they can ‘age better’.

Although there are increasing numbers of older people living in East Lindsey, councils, hospitals and other organisations, are seeing their budgets reducing.

And the district council says it is keen to explore innovative ways to support older people to “live healthier, happier lives for longer”.

As part of that an event for older people, public bodies, voluntary and community groups and businesses will be held on October 31 at the Storehouse in Skegness to identify the sort of support that older people need and want.

The council aims to use these findings to make a bid to the Big Lottery Fund through its Fulfilling Lives: Ageing Better Programme.

The district council’s Champion for Older People, Cllr William Gray, said: “In the current economic climate many organisations, including vital community groups and not for profit organisations, are feeling the pinch.

“These groups do some invaluable work within our local communities to help the most vulnerable members of society and must be applauded for this.

“As part of the Ageing Better in East Lindsey project, we want to understand what it is like to be an older person in East Lindsey in 2013 and to identify existing support, as well as find out what help and support is needed in the future.

“It is important that older people in the District do not feel left out and are able to access the services needed to help them live full and independent lives, and also have access to help and support services should they need it.

“We hope that groups with similar aims and objectives will work together with councils, the NHS and other organisations to so that we support each other and also submit an ambitious but practically-focussed bid for Lottery funds to support our communities.”

As part of the project the council would like to hear from any local groups which offer help or support to older people in a bid to understand what services already exist, what help and support they need to continue and where there are gaps or duplicated services in the community.

It is hoped that this information will help create a bid for Lottery funding in November which in turn will help these groups sustain themselves and continue to thrive and carry on their good work.

To book a place at the stakeholder event or to be added to the contacts list to receive further information, contact Teresa Forman by writing to East Lindsey District Council, Tedder Hall, Manby Park, Louth, L11 8UP, email teresa.forman@e-lindsey.gov.uk or call 01507 611111.

For more information about Ageing Better in East Lindsey visit www.e-lindsey.gov.uk/ageingbetter.