Older Persons' Partnership Minutes

Older Persons' Partnership Minutes

Date:
Wednesday 10 September 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, Councillor J A Walker
Officers:
T Everitt, N Aston and T Parkinson
Apologies for absence:
Councillor P Purvis, Shahda Khan, Tina Bonner (Age UK Teesside), Anne Sykes (Age UK Teesside)
Item Number Item/Resolution
PUBLIC
14/10 MINUTES OF THE PREVIOUS MEETING HELD ON 10 JUNE 2014

The minutes of the meeting of the Older Persons' Partnership held on 10 June 2014 were taken as read and approved as a correct record.

14/11 CORRESPONDENCE

Information leaflets provided by Age UK Teesside and the Later Life Newsletter were provided for information.

14/12 THE CHANGE PROGRAMME- PRESENTATION BY TONY PARKINSON, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, COMMERCIAL AND CORPORATE SERVICES

Tony Parkinson, Executive Director, Commercial and Corporate Services, was in attendance to provide Members with an update on the Change Programme and how it might impact on the older community.

 

The presentation provided an overview of the savings that were required from April 2014 to March 2017 and how the Change Programme would help to deal with this.  The potential impacts of the Change Programme were also highlighted.

 

Councillor J Walker recognised that over 700 staff had already left the Council and asked how many more jobs would be lost. 

 

In response T Parkinson stated that overall there would be a direct reduction in jobs from the present date to 2020 of approximately the same amount; between 600 to 700 jobs.  Some jobs would transfer to other areas such as Social Enterprise and the voluntary sector.  It was debatable whether the Early Retirement / Voluntary Redundancy scheme would continue.

 

L Fawcett raised the issue of what would happen once the new Mayor was elected and would the Council change its strategy for making savings if the Council system changed?

 

In response to this query, T Parkinson stated that generally the Council's view was that the process set out in the Change Programme was sound and had received over whelming political support.  There would not be the time required to make changes to the process to enable the savings to be made.

 

M Woods asked if it was envisaged that the local authorities in the Tees Valley would join back together to make one authority.

 

In response to this query, T Parkinson stated that ultimately this was a Government decision, although local authorities were already exploring working together to provide joint services on a Tees Valley / South Tees basis, delivering services collectively and thereby reducing costs.  The joining together of Health and Social Care would be something to explore in the future as so much of what the Council currently spends was centred around that agenda.

 

Representatives from the Board discussed the valuable work undertaken by volunteers in the community and the savings they provided to Council services.  It was noted that there was a lack of understanding from the community about Independent Living and the services provided by Ayresome Industries.  T Parkinson agreed to speak to the relevant service area to discuss how these services could be more widely publicised.

 

ORDERED

 

That the information be received and noted.

14/13 DURHAM AND TEES VALLEY, ALZHEIMERS SOCIETY- INTRODUCTION FROM CLAIRE BLACKWELL-JONES, DEMENTIA SUPPORT WORKER

The Chair introduced Claire Blackwell-Jones, a Dementia Support Worker for the Alzheimer's Society, covering the Tees Valley.  Claire had been invited to attend the meeting to provide an overview of what the Alzheimer's Society does and links with older people.

 

Claire stated that she offers support for people living in the area with memory needs and those who have been diagnosed with Alzheimers, as well as support for family carers.  Carers are shown coping techniques to enable them to carry on caring for family members and offer as much support as possible.

 

There are currently capacity issues with 20 referrals being received in the first 6 weeks. The Society is looking at putting together a business case for expansion.

 

There are various events taking place across the Tees Valley area to raise awareness of dementia.  Examples of these events are:

  • Dementia Cafe
  • On-line discussion forum 'Talking Point'
  • How to become a dementia champion
  • Training courses for carers
  • Information points will be set up at GP surgeries and local shopping centres

N Aston stated that she would liaise with Claire in providing details of contacts within Middlesbrough who would be able to link in and work with the Alzheimer's Society.  It was also suggested that a link to the Council website could be explored to promote the Society and local events.

 

ORDERED

 

That the position be noted.

14/14 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.

 

ORDERED

 

That the item be noted.

14/15 MIDDLESBROUGH SENIOR CITIZENS FORUM- UPDATE

Two representatives from the Middlesbrough Senior Citizens Forum delivered their regular update.

 

L Fawcett informed the Partnership that he was not stepping down as Chair of the Forum, as stated in the minutes dated 10 June 2014, and had agreed to stand for a further year.

 

The 'Help Yourself Day' would be taking place in Hemlington next year following a break this year.  A debate with the new Mayor and local people is also planned for next year, to enable the voice of the people to be heard and questions to be asked.

 

M Woods provided an update following the Years Ahead event which had taken place recently.  Topics discussed included:

  • Dignity Day - 1st February 2015 taking place in Hartlepool
  • Years Ahead annual event - November 2014 in Newcastle
  • Dementia in the North East
  • Loneliness and Isolation Task Groups
  • Carers in Crisis
  • Better housing for the aging population
  • Tees Valley comparisons

ORDERED

 

That the position be noted.

14/16 SCRUTINY UPDATES

There were no items of Scrutiny for consideration.

 

ORDERED

 

That the position be noted.

14/17 ANY OTHER URGENT ITEMS WHICH IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, MAY BE CONSIDERED.

The Chair informed the Partnership that the application for Big Lottery Ageing Better funding for Middlesbrough had been successful.  The sum of £6 million over 6 years had been secured with Middlesbrough and Stockton Mind as the lead organisations.  A project plan would be developed which will involve a number of stakeholder events taking place during October / early November.  Project delivery would start in April 2015.

 

ORDERED

 

That the item be noted.

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