Source : Age UK
Published on 04 December 2012 08:30 AM
If you know an amazing councillor who has worked hard to listen to older people and improve their neighbourhood then we want to hear from you.
Nominations are now open for the Age UK award which forms part of the LGiU and CCLA C'llr Achievement Awards 2013. This is an award for Councillors who have put older people at the heart of their work, bringing about long lasting change for older people in their communities.
Last year’s winner was Councillor Olwen Foggin of Devon County Council (pictured) who was nominated after her tireless work reinstating a much needed bus route to the local hospital.
Foggin fought the closure of a post box that would have caused older people to walk further to the nearest post office, and also responded to individual concerns raised by older residents.
If you know someone like Councillor Foggin who has used their position to improve your neighbourhood for older people, why not nominate them for this year’s award?
The winning councillor will have a track record of:
Nominations can be made by members of the public, councillors and council officers, but councillors cannot nominate themselves. You will find everything you need to make a nomination on the LGIU website.
The deadline for applications has been extended to 18 January, and the successful winner will be announced in February at an awards ceremony in London.
Councillors can often be the unsung heroes of our communities. So if you know a councillor who has set an excellent example of helping older people, why not make sure they get the recognition they deserve.
More information about the Age UK Pride of Place Award at the CCLA LGiU C’llr Achievement Awards 2013 can be found at www.lgiu.org.uk/age-uk-award.
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Caroline Abrahams is Age UK’s Charity Director, and has worked predominantly on children and family issues throughout her career.
She was Director of Policy and Strategy at the children’s charity Action for Children and Chair of the End Child Poverty campaign before joining the Local Government Association.
She then moved on to become Senior Policy Adviser in the Department for Children, Schools and Families and more recently she has been an adviser to the Shadow Chancellor, Ed Balls.
Her policy interests include poverty, public service reform and safeguarding.
James is head of our research department in Age UK.
His responsibilities include:
He has a Visiting Professorship in Ageing at Loughborough University.
Jane Vass is Head of Public Policy at Age UK. She joined Age Concern England as Financial Services Policy Adviser in 2006.
She was previously an independent consumer consultant and writer specialising in financial services from the consumer viewpoint.
In this capacity she undertook research such as reports for the National Consumer Council on equity release and on savings and investments for low-income consumers.
She was a member of the Financial Services Consumer Panel from 1999 to 2003, and from 1983 to 1993 she worked for Consumers’ Association.
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