Celebrating age and valuing experience

Merton Council thanked residents aged over 50 for taking part in consultations with an event to celebrate the difference they have made to council services.

The event was held in the council chamber on Monday 26 February and included a presentation of service improvements they have influenced. Florence Lyons, a guest speaker from Better Government for Older People and Myrtle Agutter from Merton Seniors Forum also spoke and the presentations were followed by lunch with the Mayor.

Guests come from the forums:
· Merton Residents Panel
· Merton’s Older People Housing Forum
· Customer Panel (Council tenants and leaseholders)
· Merton Seniors Forum (voluntary organisation)

Councillor Margaret Brierly, Cabinet Member for Health and Adult Services said:
‘This was a day to thank individual residents who voluntarily help us by getting involved in consultations about services which affect people over 50. We are very dependent on their feedback and on the work of voluntary groups who keep us up to date with older people’s needs and aspirations.’

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Notes to editors:
· Photos from the event are available on request.
· The event was attended by Councillor Margaret Brierly, Cabinet Member for health and adult services, Councillor Ron Wilson, Councillor Champion for Older People, Simon Williams, Director of Community and Housing, Peter Mulloy, Head of Strategy, Community and Housing.