Listen in and share your views on ageing well

Release Date: 21 June 2017

Residents are invited to attend a ‘Listening Event’, with top local health and social care professionals, and share their experiences and thoughts on ageing well in the borough.

The event is hosted by the Richmond Health and Wellbeing Board. The Board is made up of elected councillors and senior leaders from the local health and social care system for adults and children, and aims to bring all Partners together in order to improve the health and wellbeing of the borough. 

‘Age Well’ is one of the main priorities in the Health and Wellbeing Board’s strategy. It looks at how people can live healthy and independent lives in their later years and has led to the Board championing the development of Dementia Friendly Villages and work to support carers within the community. It also considers areas such as living with cancer and beyond and importantly, how all local health and social care providers can work together to provide more joined up services.

The Listening Event takes place from 5pm on Wednesday 5 July at Clarendon Hall, York House. Members of the public are invited to come and share their views on health and wellbeing service provision in terms of ageing well, specifically:

  • Support in older age
  • Living with or supporting those with long term conditions
  • Issues around being a carer

The findings from this Listening Event will influence the Board’s future thinking on how to best support the Ageing Well agenda in Richmond.

Cllr Christine Percival, the Chairman of the Health and Wellbeing Board, said:

“It’s really important that Richmond upon Thames residents get to have their say on developments in our local area. Health and wellbeing is so key to our everyday life, yet sometimes we don’t think about our health until after we’ve become unwell or need help.

“Our residents live longer than in most parts of the country. And all the partners of the Health and Wellbeing Board want not only to keep that status – but to also ensure that everyone, irrelevant of their age, is healthy and happy.

“Most people see themselves living an independent and fulfilling life connected to their family, friends and community in the place they call home. But for many, this desire does not translate into reality.  We want to share our Ageing Well initiatives with residents and invite them to tell us their experiences.”

Attending the event will be:

  • Councillor Christine Percival (Chair of the HWB)
  • Tonia Michealides (Managing Director of Kingston & Richmond CCGs)
  • Liz Bruce (Director of Adult and Community Services).

If you would like to attend, please email health.wellbeingboard@richmond.gov.uk or call Elizabeth Kingdom on 020 8831 6095.

Notes for editors

If you are a journalist and would like further information about this press release, contact Elinor Firth on 020 8487 5159.

Reference: P283/17

Updated: 30 June 2017