New focus for care

Coun Patsy Ormrod
Coun Patsy Ormrod
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ELDERLY people will be the focus of new proposals to shape the care they receive over the next two years.

The work will look into the best way Wyre Council can assist the elderly, and on top of the work they already provide, councillors have put forward ideas which include working together with young people on allotments.

The authority also proposes setting up an Older Person’s Network to deliver projects in the community.

Coun Patsy Ormrod, lead member for older people, said: “Grandparents can take their grandchildren along with them and it’s the idea of a healthy and active lifestyle that we want to encourage on the allotments.

“We have a lot of youngsters who have been involved in a system of working with the community and whatever knowledge they can share can only be beneficial to both of them.

“When I was young anyone who was over-30 was considered to be old, but it’s not like that in this day and age and all generations can learn from each other.

The plans have been backed by Tony Ward, chairman of Wyre Senior Forum, who says the council must focus more on intergenerational projects, like the allotments, to help the elderly.

He said: “The motive to bring generations together is an excellent idea, whether it’s on an allotment or in other activities.

“I would be focusing much more on the intergenerational work because they can get a lot more support from this through the many schools in Wyre.

“The forum set-up its Wyre Senior Challenge competition every year which rewards schools that carry out planned activities with the elderly, and it would be a great idea for the council to get involved with that. There’s also plenty of opportunities for them to get out and learn about the activities in Wyre.”

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