What is the Older People’s Strategy?

The Older People’s Strategy was initially a ten year programme, phase one of which was introduced by the Welsh Government in 2003. The Strategy for Older People in Wales takes into account the United Nations Principles for Older Persons which are: independence; participation; care; self-fulfilment and dignity.

The Strategy was reviewed in 2008 and the following phase two aims were prioritised: Valuing older people; Changing society; Health; Wellbeing and independence.

The Welsh Government is near the end of an extensive consultation process that will lead to a third phase of the strategy.  A further 10 year plan incorporating a series of actions to address the following agendas is being drawn up: Wellbeing; Age-Friendly Communities; Participation and Contribution; Poverty; Preparing for Later Life.

The Welsh Government has determined that the Older Persons Strategy will apply to the needs of all aged 50 years and over. To support the needs of this ever-expanding population, each local authority has an Older People’s Champion, an Older People’s Strategy Coordinator and an Older People’s Forum. The holders of these three roles are tasked with ensuring that older people have a voice in the decision making processes that affect them.

The Older People’s Champion for the Vale of Glamorgan is Councillor Stuart Egan, Cabinet Member for Social Care and Health (Adults). The Older People’s Strategy Coordinator for the Vale of Glamorgan Council is John Porter. John’s contact details are John Porter, Corporate & Customer Services, Vale of Glamorgan Council  tel : 01446 450201

e-mail : jporter@valeofglamorgan.gov.uk