Celebrating Older People
“Notts Facing a Population Time Bomb.” This was a recent headline in the local press. The elderly population of England is growing – and Notts is ahead of the national average. It has been described as the biggest transformation in society since the Welfare State. By 2020 the number of over 65’s in Notts is forecast to increase by 33%. And the number of 85s – an age group which needs a greater level of care – will go up a massive 45%. The growth is 6% ahead of the national average in England and means Councils will have to drastically overhaul the way they deliver care.
The Ageing well Seminars by Notts County Council is one mechanism which exists to respond to these dynamics and is a key forum for the church to engage with various statutory and older peoples groups and organisations. In this diocese we benefit from the ministry of countless older people who pray, worship and connect with the local community in so many ways. We also minister to many older people, visiting care homes, organising luncheon clubs and befriending schemes.
The Diocesan Older Peoples Advisory Group (DOPAG) has been set up to help co-ordinate and celebrate what we are doing and to explore how we can work more effectively with other potential partners. We also seek to identify training opportunities and how to share good practice.
This year’s ‘Celebration of Older People’ will take place on Wednesday, 21st June 2017, at 2pm. There will be the usual worship, hymns and stories followed by refreshments in the crossing.
The Silver Line is a confidential free helpline for older people, open every day and night of the year. Click here to download further information.
For tips on how to reach out to the elderly Click here
Click here for information on setting up a Visiting Scheme
Setting up a Holiday Club for the elderly can be challenging, fun and extremely rewarding. Click here for more information
Men in Sheds is a project aimed at older men who are feeling isolated or experiencing major changes in life, such as retirement or bereavement. Click here for more information
For more information about the work of DOPAG please contact
Mr Paul Howard, Partnerships Officer: Older People
Tel: 07827 291725