The Elders Council evolved out of an organisation called The Older People’s Network and is Newcastle's older people's forum. We have been operating as The Elders Council since 2001.
Initially the Elders Council secured a grant from Northern Rock Foundation, but more recently it has been funded by Newcastle City Council and Newcastle's Clincal Commissioning Groups.
In June 2003 the Elders Council published a strategy called The Way Ahead, which looked at how older people’s quality of life in Newcastle could be improved. That strategy was later backed by Newcastle City Council who worked with the Elders Council to publish 'Everyone's Tomorrow' in 2007.
Newcastle has continued to show an active interest in working on ageing issues, and in 2011 signed up to the WHO Global Age Friendly Cities Network. The Elders Council continues to play an active part in supporting this work in the city.
For a full report on the history of the Elders Council please see here.