We were delighted that so many of you were able to attend the AGM to help us to celebrate our 18th birthday. The Lord and Lady Mayoress joined us for our celebration, and we were thrilled when the Lord Mayor cut our cake with his ceremonial sword. The AGM gave us an opportunity to reflect on our achievements and to prepare for the challenges ahead. The discussions we held with members on the day will help to shape our future plans.
The work of the Elders Council is mainly done by members who generously give their time. There are many different ways in which you can help the organisation. If you have a bit of time to spare, contact us to find out how you can help.
The Elders Council is a group of people who are interested in having a say about how to make Newcastle a great city in which to grow old. We do this in a variety of ways - peer research, arts projects, focus groups and regular meetings with service providers and policymakers.
It was with great sadness that we learned of the death of Vera Bolter. Vera was one of the founding members of the Elders Council. For many years she led our work on Health and Social Care, Housing and Older Person Friendly City and represented the Elders Council both locally and nationally. Vera also led the Old Spice drama group, who through their witty and challenging performances raised important issues about the quality of life of older people in the city. Tributes are pouring in from a wide range of people who feel privileged to have worked with Vera over the years.