What does it feel like to grow older round here?

In November 2017, the then First Secretary of State and Minister for the Cabinet Office, Damian Green, announced that the government will publish a green paper on care and support for older people by summer 2018. The paper will set out plans for how government proposes to tackle the challenge of an ageing population.

Starting Point are passionate that local voices need to be heard. We need to be organised as a community to influence decisions that are made to our lives.

We are sure that a number of professional organisations are already doing consultations about this and we don’t want to duplicate their work. This is not a funded or commissioned piece of work. It is rooted in the belief that together, we can bring about positive change to all of our lives.

We are interested in having caring conversations with our coffee shop customers, learners and those who live in our community. We also want to know if there are others who feel like we do any would like to support us to listen to as many people as possible.

We would like to listen to people locally to understand what if feels like to grow older round here and if, what the government recognises as the needs is what we all believe is that too.

First Secretary of State and Minister for the Cabinet Office, Damian Green, said:

“An ageing population needs a long-term solution for care, but building a sustainable support system will require some big decisions. In developing the green paper, it is right that we take the time needed to debate the many complex issues and listen to the perspectives of experts and care users, to build consensus around reforms which can succeed.”

Let’s make sure we shape the change. Please contact nicola@startpoint.org.uk for more information.

Here is a short video that Age UK created after listening to 127 in a series of 13 focus groups around the country:

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