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Silver Savvy Seniors Find Voice at Dedicated Forum

Ribble Valley Seniors’ Forum members Mary Wilson-White, Patrick White, Dilys Day, Brian Holden, Sue Bibby and David White.
Ribble Valley Seniors’ Forum members Mary Wilson-White, Patrick White, Dilys Day, Brian Holden, Sue Bibby and David White.
Published Wednesday, 10 December 2014

Older people in Ribble Valley are putting their heads together on important issues at a dedicated forum.

The Ribble Valley Seniors’ Forum was established in 2008 to tackle problems affecting the borough’s older residents

It has campaigned successfully on several local issues, including residential care facilities in Langho, Clitheroe Community Hospital, protected bus shelters, parking facilities for the post office van in Whalley and the pedestrian crossing in Gisburn.

The forum also has a readers’ group that monitors information leaflets aimed at senior citizens.

Ribble Valley Borough Council’s partnership officer, Dilys Day, said: “As the borough has an ageing population, the voice and opinions of older people are vital in ensuring their views and concerns are heard and addressed.

“The forum is currently considering ways of making the most of public transport and establishing a dedicated section for older residents on the council’s web site, with useful information and resources, and a What’s On.”

Ribble Valley has 11,531 residents aged over 65, which is 20 per cent of the population, compared to a national average of 16 per cent.

Ageing is a natural process that brings with it a host of benefits, such as wisdom and experience, increased leisure time and a relaxed attitude to life.

Ribble Valley Borough Council values the borough’s older residents and aims to be a champion for those who have reached later life.

The council’s older people’s champion, Sue Bibby, added: “We aim to celebrate the achievements and contributions of the borough’s older residents, tackle negative attitudes and outdated stereotypes, and work with partners to ensure that the elderly can feel happy and healthy, safe and secure.”

The Ribble Valley Seniors’ Forum meets six times a year, hosts summer and Christmas get-togethers, and attends the annual Pensioners’ Parliament in Blackpool.

Membership is free and open to residents aged over 50, or with a specific interest in older people’s issues.

For further details see Ribble Valley Seniors' Forum or contact Dilys Day on 01200 414549.

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