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Have your say

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Have your say 2017-11-08T10:48:11+00:00

Age Friendly Island invite you to have your say in helping us to find sustainable solutions to issues affecting island residents.

You have the opportunity to attend an Age Friendly Island Public Forum in a variety of locations across the Island aimed at the over 50’s, friends, carers and interested parties where practical issues relating to the project are developed and Islanders have the opportunity to really shape important changes happening on the island such as health and social care, transport and outdoor spaces.

Alternatively, you can volunteer as a facilitator and help direct discussions on relevant topics among small groups or offer your time as an administrator taking minutes at the Public Forums. There are more details on all these opportunities below.

The previous Public Forums, held in February were another great set of meetings where we discussed Age Friendly Employment and Scams.

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Public Forums

The Age Friendly Island Public Forums are for anyone interested in having their say and helping to find sustainable solutions to issues affecting island residents.

The Public Forums offer a variety of meetings every quarter in a range of areas across the Isle of Wight. They are open to those over 50, friends, carers and interested parties ready to participate in making a difference to our island. They create a space where practical issues relating to the project are developed and Islanders have the opportunity to really shape important changes happening on the island such as health and social care, transport and outdoor spaces.

The theme for the next forums will be focussing on the NHS Acute (hospital based) services redesign and a chance to take part in reviewing the forums.

We look forward seeing you at one of the following meetings:

  • Thursday 30 Nov – Sandown Library – 10.00am – 12.00pm
  • Thursday 30 Nov – All Saints Church, Ryde – 1.30pm – 3.30pm
  • Tuesday 5 Dec – Riverside Centre, Newport – 10.30am – 12.30pm
  • Tuesday 5 Dec – Riverside Centre, Newport – 4.30pm – 6.30pm
  • Thursday 7 Dec – West Wight Sports Centre- 10.00am – 12.00pm
  • Thursday 7 Dec – Cowes Community Club – 2.00pm – 4.00pm

If you know of another group of people that would like to find out more about Age Friendly Island (e.g. coffee mornings, social events), or would like to receive our MailChimp newsletter please contact Helen Lewis, AFI Development Officer on 525282 or helen.lewis@ageukiw.org.uk. Thank you.

Volunteer as a Facilitator or Administrator

You can also be involved by joining the Age Friendly Island team as a valued Facilitator for the Public Forums.

The role of a Facilitator:
• To attend the Public Forum meetings and help direct discussions on relevant topics among small groups.
• As part of the Age Friendly Island Team, you will be responsible for meeting and greeting those attending.

As an AFI Facilitator, you will work in a small team of volunteers who have been provided with training to direct and encourage discussion at local meetings. The idea is to support older adults in taking an active role in their communities. As a valued member of the AFI team, your views and practical input are crucial in shaping the projects future direction.

You will also have the opportunity to be involved in the analysis and reporting back of feedback should you wish. As volunteers, you are welcome to take advantage of supported learning and practice of new skills that will benefit yourself, the project and the people we aim to help.

The role of Administrator:
You can join our team by working with us in the office,  offering support to the AFI team in various administration tasks and attending Public forum meetings to support minute taking and basic organisation.