Liverpool is holding an all-day conference that will bring together local officials, health, housing and social care professionals and an audience of the public to discuss challenges facing elderly citizens in the city.
The one-day event – which is being organised by Liverpool Housing Trust (LHT), other housing associations and partners – will take place on Monday 7 March 2016 at The Devonshire House Hotel.
The theme for the conference is ‘Liverpool: an Age-friendly City – Health and Housing’, and will focus on Liverpool’s commitment to join other UK cities in gaining Age Friendly accreditation from the World Health Organisation (WHO).
There will be a number of high profile guests at the event, including Mayor Anderson, who will be fielding questions from the audience about the care and services currently available in the city.
Other guest speakers include Dr. Stephanie Buckner, Cambridge University; NHS doctor Fiona Ogden-Forde, lead for healthy ageing at Liverpool Clinical Commissioning Group; and Jenny Allen, policy lead for National Housing Federation.
Around 300 invited guests, made up of seniors from across the city, will have the chance to put forward their own questions and ideas to the panel during a short Q&A session.
Actor and comedian Ricky Tomlinson will also be in attendance to announce the launch of this year’s Older People’s Awards, which will be taking place in September.
The conference has been organised by the Liverpool Older Person’s Housing and Wellbeing Forum, which is made up of housing groups across the city – including South Liverpool Homes, Riverside, Regenda Homes, Liverpool Mutual Homes, Sanctuary Housing, One Vision Housing and Plus Dane Group – alongside city councillor Gerard Woodhouse, Mayoral Lead for Health & Wellbeing.
Isobel Godwin, older person’s team leader at LHT, said: “As a city, we recognise the fantastic contribution that older people make to society.
“As housing associations, we’re committed to making sure that older people are involved when it comes to the decision-making process in their neighbourhoods.
“This conference is a chance for our older generation to have their say on what should be done to make this city a better place to grow old in.”
Cllr Woodhouse added: “I’m really pleased to be involved in this important conference for older people in our city.
“I want to make sure that our older residents understand the latest challenges facing health, care, housing and finances.
“Liverpool is a great place to live and I hope this conference will help in our work to make sure it is an age-friendly city for all.”