Older Persons' Partnership Minutes

Older Persons' Partnership Minutes

Date:
Tuesday 10 June 2014
Time:
1:00 p.m.
Place:
Mandela Room, Town Hall, Middlesbrough
 

Attendance Details

Present:
Councillor J Rostron (Chair), Councillor T Harvey (Vice-Chair), Councillor B A Hubbard
Officers:
S Blood, T Everitt and N Aston
Apologies for absence:
Councillor J Walker, T Bonner, A Sykes, E Chambers, Father G Holland, S Pew
Item Number Item/Resolution
PUBLIC
14/1 MINUTES OF THE PREVIOUS MEETING HELD ON 5 MARCH 2014

As this was the first meeting of the Older Person's Partnership Board for the municiple year 2014-2015, the Chair requested a round of introductions before matters on the agenda.

 

The minutes of the meeting of the Older Persons' Partnership held on 5 March 2014 were taken as read and approved as a correct record.

14/2 CORRESPONDENCE

There were no items of correspondence for consideration.

14/3 STAYING PUT AGENCY ANNUAL REVIEW 2013 - PRESENTATION BY SHIRLEY PEW

The Partnership Board had recieved apologies from Shirley Pew . It was therefore agreed that this item be deferred until the next meeting of the Partnership Board.

14/4 SPORTING CHANCE EVENT - PRESENTATION BY CRAIG WOODHOUSE

Gill Watson and Craig Woodhouse from the Sporting Chance project, were in attendance to provide Members with an update on National Men’s Health Week.

 

Gill advised that Members that Sporting Chance Project was a 3 year lottery funded project  with the emphasis on health improvement and reducing isolation. 

 

The Members were advised that National Men's Health Awareness week ran from 12-18 June 2014 and as part of this, the Sporting Chance Project were running a one-off event on 13 June 2014 in the function room of the Central pub, Corporation Road, Middlesbrough. The event is aimed at men aged 50 and over living in the Middlesbrough area and would be attended by representatives from various organisation who will offer advice on healthy living.


Members were advised that weekly sessions being held in local community venues had been well attended.


In response to Councillor Hubbards query regarding publicity of the event, Members were advised that publicity had been widespread, including Evening Gazette, Radio Tees and a letter of invitation sent to men 50 and over who were registered on the Sporting Chance database. 

 

In response to a query regarding the location of the event, Members were advised that Sporting Chance wanted a venue that was user friendly and somewhere that men would gather.
 

A representative from the Middlesbrough Senior Citizens Forum raised the issue of the lack of facilities for men aged 50 and over in the east Middlesbrough area, especially at the Southlands Centre.  The representatives from Sporting Chance stated that they would take up this issue with Steve Faulkner and report back to the Partnership at the next meeting.
 

ORDERED

 

That the information be received and noted.

14/5 MEN'S HEALTH- VERBAL UPDATE BY CRAIG WOODHOUSE

This item was covered at Agenda item 6.

 

ORDERED

 

That the item be noted

14/6 THEMES FOR THE FUTURE REFRESH - CLLR J ROSTRON

The Chair of the Older Persons’ Partnership informed Members that the Strategic Action Plan would be placed on the Council website. Members were asked to inform the Chair of any amendments they would like to make to the Plan. Hard copies of the Plan would be are available upon request.

14/7 FORWARD WORK PROGRAMME - ANY ITEMS FOR FUTURE MEETINGS TO BE RAISED AND MINUTED

The Chair requested Members to notify her of any items that they wished to be considered for inclusion in the Forward Work Programme.


Two representatives from the Middlesbrough Senior Citizens Forum requested a meeting with the Chair of the Older Persons’ Partnership to discuss the remit of the Partnership. They felt that in recent years the Partnership had lost its way and was not properly representing the older people of Middlesbrough.


Councillor Brian Hubbard requested an agenda item be placed on the Forward Work Programme to look at the Council cut backs and how they affect the older people of Middlesbrough.
 

The Chair of the Older Persons’ Partnership agreed to the requests as stated above.

 

ORDERED

  1. That a meeting of the Chair of the Older Persons' Partnership and representatives from the Senior Citizens Forum be established.
  2. That a Council representative be invited to attend the next meeting of the Older Persons Partnership Board to discuss Council cuts.
14/8 MIDDLESBROUGH SENIOR CITIZENS FORUM - UPDATE

Two representatives from the Middlesbrough Senior Citizens Forum delivered their regular update. The annual concert for people aged 50 and over had taken place and had been well attended.


Les Fawcett informed the Partnership that this would be his last meeting as Chair of the Middlesbrough Senior Citizens Forum. He would be stepping down as Chair but would still attend future meetings.
 

The annual Years Ahead conference which was held in Newcastle had taken place recently and the topics discussed included dementia care and credit unions.  M Woods,  from Middlesbrough Senior Citizens Forum expressed the need for agencies to be brought together to enable them to communicate between themselves in light of cuts made by Councils.  Other topics raised by M Woods were the possibility of establishing a Years Ahead group across the Tees Valley and looking at what is being done across the country with regards to Lonliness and Isolation. She also expressed concern that there had been no representation from Middlesbrough at an Older Person's Champion meeting. 

M Woods also outlined that the Forum were still awaiting a response from Andy McDonald with regards to the closure of Netherfields Community Centre and the removal of classes for people aged 50 and over.

 

The date for Help Yourself Day had been placed on hold.  A new date and venue will be agreed by the new Chair of the Senior Citizens Forum once in post.

  

M Woods also stated that Hartlepool Council are holding a Dignity Day next year and that it may be an event Middlesbrough would also like to consider holding such an event.

 

ORDERED

That the position be noted.

14/9 SCRUTINY UPDATES

There were no items of Scrutiny for consideration.

 

ORDERED

That the position be noted.

14/10 ANY OTHER BUSINESS

A representative from Cleveland Police advised Members that there had been a reduction in crime levels in Middlesbrough year on year, despite crime levels rising in other parts of the country.  He also informed members that Cleveland Police were undergoing a recruitment drive for Special Police and Police Officers.  In response to a question from a representative of the Senior Citizens Forum he stated that there was nothing on the agenda at the moment with regards to losing Police dogs, and the authority had in fact just trained a number of new dogs.

 

A representative from Cleveland Fire Brigade advised Members that the bridgade continued to deliver a service to reduce fire risk, especially within vulnerable communities, bearing in mind the cuts that are taking place.  Cleveland is still one of the safest places in the country.  Members were advised that the Princess Trust scheme is ongoing and the Brigade is also working with vulnerable families to educate them about fire safety.

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