Release Date: 17/08/2012
Older residents in Richmond upon Thames will have a new ambassador to push forward their agenda locally, as South Richmond Ward Member Cllr Frances Bouchier takes over the role as Champion from Mayor of the Borough, Cllr Rita Palmer.
Cllr Bouchier, who has lived in the borough for over forty years, aims to help tackle isolation issues, to promote local services and opportunities available and to encourage older residents to live healthy, full and active lives.
Of her new role, Cllr Bouchier said: "I am delighted to take on the role of Champion for Older Residents. I am aware that elderly residents are often lonely and sometimes isolated. I wish to help by developing and promoting initiatives that will assist all Richmond's older residents to enjoy fulfilling lives. I also want to ensure residents have access to useful information about what is available to them locally. It is important that our older residents feel valued and are part of their communities and are able to live full and active later lives.
“I have lived in the borough for over forty years, first in Teddington and now in Richmond. Much of my career has been spent with the Citizens Advice Bureau, both as the London Training Officer and a Voluntary Adviser. I am also a Trustee of Richmond Charities, Spear homelessness charity and I am a school governor. I look forward to my role and am very keen to get started where Rita left off.”
Cllr Palmer, The Mayor of the Council, said: “I am very excited about Frances taking on the role of Champion for Older Residents. We both agree that a top priority is to celebrate the huge contribution senior residents make to the borough as well as look to tackle isolation.
“Frances will work to break down stereotypes and communication boundaries by ensuring useful information is available, and will represent senior residents by promoting options to help them live a healthy later life.”
The new champion will also work closely with local voluntary sector organisations to help reach isolated residents to help them connect with others, get out and about and live healthy and active lives.