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The view from here - Championing the voice of older people in Chichester District


Voluntary Action Arun & Chichester is taking the lead, on behalf of a group of organisations drawn from Chichester in Partnership & the Healthy Chichester Partnership, in pulling together a network of older people to comment and consult on local issues.

Initially they want to hear the 'Views from here' about the shared priorities the partners have identified in relation to older people - have they got it right?  Organisations including Chichester District Council, Public Health, Sussex Police, Age UK West Sussex, Chichester area MIND and Carers support are part of the working group and are enthusiastic about the opportunity to hear directly from older people.

A network has been run successfully before and VAAC are keen for those who were previously involved to join in, shortly they, together with a wide range of smaller organisations right across the District will be receiving a very short questionnaire with a request for their older members to comment and consider signing up.

The view from here will not necessarily ask people to travel to meetings but will maintain a network using a variety of means of communication including e-mail, websites, telephone and the post. Hilary Spencer, Chief Executive of VAAC reflected ' We want to make it as easy as possible for people to be part of the network and share their opinions. We are approaching around 300 groups - from specialist interest clubs to those offering social care support to ask their members if they would like to take part, or for the group itself to join and respond collectively. Hopefully this will mean people who have not had this chance before will sign up.'

To find out more or to receive a hard copy of the initial survey please ring VAAC on 01243 840305 or e-mail, it can also be completed via a link on the VAAC website, or downloaded to be completed.