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Regional Older People Conference
10th  November 2011, Civic Hall ,Thurrock
Today’s Older people are becoming increasingly more aware of just how powerful their voices can be and that they now have to be listened to by politicians. The power they now hold through the ballot box has never been so strong. For the first time in history of this country there will soon be more older people than young people, and as the countries economy becomes increasingly more dependant on the huge contribution that older people make to society.This has to be formally recognised, through real the engagement and participation of all Older People in the  Strategies now being formulated by the Government.
 Thurrock Over Fifties Forum  hosted the Eastern Region Older Peoples Advisory Group Annual Conference at the Civic Hall Grays on November 10th.2011.
Older people forum delegates from all over the East of England  attended the daylong conference.
The Statuary authorities strategic planning and service delivery is at  the forefront of meeting the challenges and opportunities raised by the  planned budget cuts. Solutions can only be achieved by fully engaging with older people .
Working in partnerships
 is the key to achieving the aims of ‘Building a Society for all Ages’, and the Big Society vision..
 Speakers from a range of organisations  talked on how to increase knowledge and awareness of agendas  affecting all older people and  highlighted best practice in empowering and involving older people in decision-making. 
                                                                                                                                           Delegates were able to visit show stands, focusing on older peoples services,information and opportunities for involvement . Older people  also 
    Spoke up for their Age under the banner of
‘Nothing about us without Us’,
Information ,entertainment and lunch l ensured that the day was an interesting and enjoyable one
The event was free to the over fifties.
·       Further Information
If you have any queries or are interested in part sponsoring future EROPAG/TOFF Conference or If you would like to discuss how you can support and/or be part of Events or are interested in having an Exhibition stand please contact
gerrycalder@blueyonder.co.uk.Tele -01375 412324
Nothing about us without Us’.



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