The collective voice of
Coventry's over-50s will be heard more clearly and carry more
weight after a project designed to help them to play a more
active role in city affairs.
Area Co-ordination is
staging a forum in each of its six sectors in Coventry under the
Better Government for Older People programme.
People aged fifty and
over, who make up 31 per cent of the population, will be
encouraged to make their voices heard on all manner of subjects.
They will be offered
training so that they can develop and extend any roles they may
take up in the community and they will maintain close contact
with their Area Co-ordination office.
Dave Crossan, a
community education officer of the City Council, said:
first forum is at Radford School, Lawrence Saunders Road on
Thursday, 23rd November from 4.30 pm-6 pm.
Further forums will take place in the New Year.
people feel their concerns are ignored by everybody, including
the City Council. To counter this belief, a series of consultation exercises is
being planned to allow the 50 plus age group to make its voice
Forums follow a city wide meeting held in the Motor Museum in
June. Those who
attended made it clear that they wanted meetings in their own
localities at easily reached venues.
"We are arranging
forums to take place at local schools that are accessible to
the majority of the population.
"We are hoping to
identify issues that can be taken up by the six area co-ordinators
in a bid to find solutions. Community Education will also be
able to organise training events for people who wish to
improve their communication skills and get their issues