Commissioner For Older People Wants To Hear from You!
Eddie Lynch, the new Commissioner for Older People for Northern Ireland, will be asking older people to meet him at a series of events across the country to hear what they think about his proposed priorities whilst in office.
During a recent interview, he announced details of planned events and invited people to join him at a local venue to express their opinion.
'As commissioner, I have a set of priorities that I want to take forward over the next four years. I have based these on work already carried out by my office. I have several years of experience in working directly with older people and I think it's extremely important that my work reflects their views and opinions. I will be focusing on how we can create a society which respects, values and protects older people.
'I will be providing advice to government, holding public authorities to account for their performance and promoting the positive aspects of ageing. Tackling financial abuse will be one of my priorities. i will also look at the kinds of services and treatment older people receive from public authorities, including healthcare providers, and make sure they receive the care and treatment they need.
'In the upcoming weeks, I will be holding six events across Northern Ireland to meet with older people, their families and carers. If you would like to hear more about my plans or have any issues that you feel strongly about, please join me for a cup of tea and a discussion in a town near you.
'I'm also listening out for those voices that are harder to hear; older people living in residential or nursing care and those who can't get out or don't go far from their own homes,' added Eddie.
These events sound very interesting indeed and a great opportunity to meet other people and share your thoughts with them as well as the commissioner.
The first event is on 23rd August at Clayton Hotel in Belfast. Registration and refreshments are from 10.30am and the event runs to 12.30pm. On Tuesday 30th August, Eddie plans to be at Armagh City Hotel between 2.30 and 4pm. You can register at 2pm.
On 31st August, he plans to be at Killyhevlin Hotel, Enniskillen for an afternoon session. You can register at 2pm. On 8th September, the roadshow will be at the Adair Arms Hotel. You can register at 10.30am. On Wednesday 14th September the venue is the Glenavon House Hotel in Cookstown from 2pm and on 15th September, Eddie Lynch will be at the City Hotel, L'derry from 10.30 am.
Eddie Lynch will be delighted to meet with you and hear what you have to say.