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Community engagement

A meeting & discussion

We give older people the chance to have their views heard through one-to-one and community group consultations and events.

Views are fed back to service providers and funders to ensure that changes and improvements are delivered.


We also work with local communities to try and develop services that respond to identified needs


You can download our most recent report:


A consultation to ascertain the opinions of older people across Suffolk to the proposed development of urgent care centres in their community and how they manage their urgent and emergency health issues and their social needs within the wider community at present




The Voice Project

The Voice Project was established to consult on the views of older people one-to-one in their own homes, and report these to help influence health and social care services for older people.

The topics for discussion are agreed by a reference group, with members from Suffolk County Council Adult Care Services, NHS Suffolk, NHS Great Yarmouth and Waveney, Age UK Suffolk and older people themselves.


You can download reports from the Partnership with Older People (POPs) and Voice forums:


Expecting the unexpected. A consultation designed to find out the panel’s experiences of life changing events and how they managed them





The impact of participating in creative activities on Health and Wellbeing in later life, A consultation looking at the role creative activities play in mainlining health and wellbeing



Remembering Yesterday. A discussion about how communities can enable older people with dementia to remain active and independent

Opening Doors Suffolk

In February 2011 Age UK Suffolk launched an exciting project called Opening Doors Suffolk. Its aim was to find out about the experiences, needs and views of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGB&T) older people .

Our project worker spoke to twenty LGB&T participants, some aged 60+ years who have used services that cater for the needs of older people, and others aged 50+ years who wished to talk about what they might need in the future. Two people were also family carers. Following the conclusion of the project a report has been produced.


Download the Final Report (4MB) (48 pages)

If you would like a printed copy of the report telephone Age UK Suffolk on 01473 359911 or email

Further information is available from the national Age UK website

Download the lesbian, gay or bisexual - "Planning for later life" factsheets  (36 pages)

For further information please contact:
Jackie Urry
Tel 01284 757783