The Suffolk Older People’s Council launches today

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AN INDEPENDENT group which seeks to give older people in Suffolk a collective and bolder voice is being launched today.

The county, district and borough councils are joining NHS organisations, the police and Police Authority by recommitting to the Suffolk Older People’s Charter and signing it again at the launch of the Suffolk Older People’s Council today.

Grown out of the Suffolk Older People’s Partnership Board which ended in May 2011, the council’s development has been supported by Age UK Suffolk which is committed to ensuring that the voices of older people are heard.

The group says that ageism is unacceptable and that older people have the right to independence, choice and control over their lives.

It aims to champion the needs of older people who have difficulty in speaking up for themselves and to provide a platform where matters of concern can be raised, debated and communicated.

It also seeks to promote opportunities where older people can be consulted by those involved the planning of strategies and services that affect them.