Ageing Well in the Bailiwick (AWB) has been established to provide a voice for those organisations working with older people in the Guernsey community. It consists of representatives from organisations working with older people, from the voluntary, private and public sectors.
Formed in 2013, the group was set up with the help of the Guernsey Community Foundation to coordinate work across the sector, with one of its primary objectives being to work with the States on the development of the Supported Living and Ageing Well (SLAWS) policy and to help drive this delayed strategy along, with input from older people, specialists and care providers working across the field.
AWB has been invited by the Policy Council to send representatives to its Public Engagement Steering Group as part of the engagement process for the Supported Living and Ageing Well (SLAWS) policy.
The group will also be focusing on other priorities such as access to information about the services available for older people; the flexibility for funding options of long term care; planning and accommodation options; and community care services.
Representatives come from around twenty different organisations and the group is independently chaired by Dominic Wheatley, former chair of The Guernsey International Business Association. The Deputy Chair is Sue Fleming of St John’s Residential Home and the group is represented politically by Deputy Chris Green.
Mr Wheatley said: “We are striving to be a clear voice for the sector, providing the consensus view on the needs of older people. AWB has already engaged with a large number of organisations representing a wide variety of the needs of older people. However we do recognise that we may not yet have received input from all interested parties. Anyone who feels that they have a contribution to make is asked to get in touch.”
Interested parties should contact Sadie Siviter de Paucar of the Guernsey Community Foundation, which is providing support to AWB during its initial phase.