Older People’s Commissioner for Wales report to examine value of services

Older People Thumbs UpThe  Older People’s Commissioner for Wales is planning to publish a new report making an economic business case for community services during February 2014.

The current economic climate and unprecedented budgetary cuts are changing the public services landscape in Wales, and this report is being published as very difficult decisions are being made on non-statutory services.

As you will be aware, closing down or terminating services such as libraries and  community centres will have huge implications. These services are viewed as lifelines by older people, enabling them to visit the places that matter to  them, providing a sense of empowerment and independence, a range of physical and mental health benefits, and contribute towards their general wellbeing.

The Older People’s Commissioner for Wales would be grateful if you would answer the following questions. Please feel free to answer as many or as few as you like. A selection of these quotes will be used in the Report, so please also advise how you would like to be referred to in the Report (e.g. ‘Don, 65, Barry’ or ‘Miss E. Jones,  Penarth’). Your answers can be sent to the address at the bottom of the page.

Adult learning

·       Are you involved in adult learning? Have you taken part in adult learning previously?

·       Did you enjoy it?  What were the benefits? How has it helped?

·       Was it easy to access this learning? Was it easy to find information? Was it easy to reach the venue for the learning?

·       The Welsh Government and local authorities are facing difficult decisions on community services in Wales and adult learning could be affected. What do you think about this? Are you being consulted?

·       If there were no opportunities for adult learning, how would you feel about this? Would it affect you or others?

Libraries/community centres

·       Do you use libraries and/or community centres? Are they a part of your daily/weekly life?

·       What are the benefits of using libraries and community centres? How has it helped? Is it about books,  I.T. classes or using computers, or places to socialise?

·       Is it easy to access your library/community centre? Is it easy to find information on what’s going on?

·       The Welsh Government and local authorities are facing difficult decisions on community services in Wales. There are proposals in many parts of Wales to close down libraries and/or  community centres. What do you think about this? Are you being consulted?

·       If there were no  libraries and/or community centres, how would you feel about this? Would it affect you or others? Are there alternative places to go to?


Older People’s Commissioner for Wales

Cambrian Buildings

Mount Stuart Square


CF10 5FL


Tel: 08442 640670