Calling all senior citizens – your community needs you!
Southend-on-Sea Older People’s Assembly is electing new trustees at its Annual General Meeting on March 3 and wants more of the borough’s residents to get involved in its work. There are 11 million pensioners in Britain but new recruits are needed at local level to help change things for the better for older Southenders.
Established in February 2008, Southend’s 15-member panel aims to ensure the views of the town’s older people are taken into account by local policymakers. Assembly members believe a radical change of perspective is needed if public services are to meet the needs of our ageing society. Subjects the Assembly has been canvassed for its views on in the past include bus passes, bus timetables, social care provision and environmental issues.
Simon Morton, chair of the Southend OPA, said: “March 3 is an ideal opportunity for older people in the town to declare their views and aspirations through the Assembly’s elections. From its inception the OPA has managed – with the help of the public, our partners and our trustees – to play a beneficial role in the way Southend is serviced for older people.”
Anyone wishing to stand for election as a trustee should apply via the OPA website at
www.southendopa.org.uk or contact the secretary Victor Tassell on 01702-510316.