Great Yarmouth Older People’s Network
Great Yarmouth Older People’s Network is a support and advocacy body for retired people across the Borough, working with local authorities, health agencies and relevant voluntary organisations to develop initiatives such as the Ageless Opportunities Directory, volunteering programmes and taxi tokens scheme.
In 2012 the Norfolk Community Fund awarded a grant of £5,000 towards a series of events to celebrate older peoples’ achievements, and to increase access to local opportunities and support.
The programme was developed by a team of agencies and Network members including Age Concern Great Yarmouth, British Red Cross and Great Yarmouth Community Trust. The Jubilee and Olympics themed events attracted over 180 older people and local residents, and provided an informal platform for support agencies to engage with local people, to talk about their plans, aspirations, concerns and needs. Over 40 older people volunteered to support the events, many for the first time. For many, this was the first time local volunteers had been formally acknowledged for their hard work and dedication, in some cases for volunteering services provided for over 40 years. The oldest participant was 103 years old.