Mel Stride

    A NEW ORGANISATION that will co-ordinate services for elderly residents in and around the Okehampton area had a successful meeting with the town’s local MP today. ‘Okehampton Older People’s Services Network’ has been launched in response to plans by Devon County Council to close a number of its day care centres, with the purpose of supplying some of the services that will be lost. Although County Hall has promised every elderly resident in need of support will continue to receive it, the Network believes it there is a void that needs to be filled and the voluntary sector could help achieve this.

    The meeting was chaired by Karen Nolan and attendees included Fran Bliss (West Devon Community and Voluntary Services), Lynn Lane (Forget me not café dementia support), Ken and Anne Crawford (Devon Senior Voice), Janeene Nicholas (Age Concern Okehampton), Julie Yelland (West Devon and Okehampton Town Councillor), Keith Harvey (Okehampton District Lions Club).

    Ms Nolan said:

    “It was good to brief Mel on how Okehampton Older People’s Services Network will help co-ordinate professional care given by medical staff and social workers with voluntary sector organisations like Age Concern and Devon Senior Voice.”

    Mr Stride added:

    “For an organisation like this to succeed it needs to involve as many of the relevant local groups as possible and the high attendance at today’s meeting was a clear sign that this is happening. I promised to stay in close contact with Karen going forward and will help in any way I can.”

    The Network is hosting an Older Peoples Services Fair on 17th September at Charter Hall from 9.30am to 1pm.

    Photo: Promotion flyer for the Older Peoples Services Fair on 17th September at Charter Hall.