Older People’s Working Group Christmas Social

READING COUNCIL is celebrating the contribution made by its Older People’s Working Group this December with a special festive themed social.

The next meeting on 16th December, from 2pm in the Council Chamber at the Civic Centre, has a lighter agenda than usual and a chance to join in with singing carols and take part in a Christmas themed quiz.  There will also be singing from Kennet Day Nursery Children.

There will be a ‘Bake Off’ style competition with entries from council staff – judged by Cllr Rachel Eden and Cllr Gul Khan, with cakes and refreshments for everyone to enjoy. There will also be seasonal songs and a quiz on Reading’s local history.

The December meeting is a great chance for new members to join the Older People’s Working Group. The group, which was established in 2011, is an excellent opportunity for older residents to get involved in the decision making process and have a say about services provided by the Council.

Information will be shared about a range of opportunities over the holiday season to stay in touch with neighbours or make new friends.

Meetings are open to all older residents of Reading. The group decides the topics for discussion and there is always a space for people to raise current issues. There are around 6 meetings a year, most attended by between 50-60 people and with around 400 registered members overall.

If people would like to attend they should call 0118 937 2383 or email opwg@reading.gov.uk

Cllr Rachel Eden, Deputy Chair of the group and Lead Member for Adult Social Care, said:

“The group is a great opportunity to be part of the older generation’s voice in influencing services and helping to shape a better Reading. The December meeting is also always a nice opportunity to socialise and celebrate Christmas together. You can also help us judge the Bake-Off cakes!

“Although enjoyable for many, some people find Christmas a particularly lonely time. Older people can be at risk of becoming isolated when regular services take a break, and we want to support people to reduce loneliness and its health risks.”

Cllr Gul Khan, Chair of the Older People’s Working Group, said: “The Older People’s Working Group is a fantastic opportunity to talk to your councillors and other decision makers about what’s important to you. Please come along and help us spread the word – tell your older friends and neighbours about the group and encourage them to come along too!”

The agenda together with draft minutes of the previous meeting on 4th November can be found here: www.reading.gov.uk/article/10179/Older-Peoples-Working-Group-16-DEC-2016