Older Persons’ Group Event in Ashbourne

Older persons’ groups and voluntary organisations working to meet the needs of older residents in Ashbourne and the  Southern Dales area spent a useful morning at St Oswald’s Church Hall on Tuesday 9th May.  The event, organised by DDCVS Development Worker Jonathan Simcock brought over 45 people from a wide range of groups together to learn about the practical support on offer from South Derbyshire VSPA and the  Funding opportunities which are available from Foundation Derbyshire, including the recently launched Derbyshire Older People’s Fund. DDCVS would like to thank Rosanna Dobson, Grants Officer from Foundation Derbyshire and  Nayyer Bhatti of South Derbyshire VSPA for their interesting and informative presentations.

The event, organised by DDCVS Development Worker Jonathan Simcock, brought over 45 people from a wide range of groups together to learn about the practical support on offer from South Derbyshire VSPA and the funding opportunities which are available from Foundation Derbyshire, including the recently launched Derbyshire Older People’s Fund. DDCVS would like to thank Rosanna Dobson, Grants Officer from Foundation Derbyshire and  Nayyer Bhatti of South Derbyshire VSPA for their interesting and informative presentations.

Representatives were present from the following voluntary groups: Greenfields Over 60s Club, Ashbourne Tai Chi, Ashbourne 60 plus Club. Ashbourne 50 plus, Ashbourne Goldies, Ashbourne Branch of the Parkinson’s Society, Kniveton Get Together Club, Ashbourne WI and Ashbourne Embroiders, Sudbury Senior Citizens Club, and St Oswald’s Church. Voluntary sector professional organisations present included Ready Call, Age UK Information Road Show, Citizens Advice Bureau, Careline, Voluntary and Community Services Peaks and Dales, Making Space, and Walking for Life.

Following the presentations, a discussion session was held looking at the issue of voluntary sector services in Ashbourne and area. This session looked at what works well locally and whether there are any gaps in current provision. A number of local groups were praised for their valuable work and contributions to the quality of life of older residents. And an interesting point was raised regarding the need for more and improved support for carers living in Ashbourne and the southern Derbyshire Dales.

We received positive feedback from a number of people attending the event who said it was useful and worth their while to attend.

We would like to give our thanks to all who attended, to Ashbourne Town Mayor Caroline Cooper for officially opening the event and to St Oswald’s Church for the use of their hall.