Ageing Well Initiative Launches In Merton

A joint programme between Merton Council and the voluntary sector to support people to live at home in their communities for as long as possible was launched last week.

The preventative programme, which has received national interest, was launched by the Leader of Merton Council, Councillor Stephen Alambritis, and cabinet member for adult social care and health, Councillor Linda Kirby. They were joined by guest speakers including Shadow Minister for Civil Society, Gareth Thomas MP and Sue Goss, Director of Office Public Management.

Some of the organisations participating in the programme spoke about how they will deliver services to residents. Wimbledon Guild, Merton Community Transport, Age UK and Carers Support Merton informed guest about initiatives such as a volunteer driver’s scheme, supporting people to manage their incontinence, and coaching people and carers through crises and difficult times.

The Shadow Minister, Gareth Thomas MP, said he was pleased to be part of the launch and applauded Merton for retaining its £1million pa grant funding for the voluntary sector.

Councillor Linda Kirby said: “We recognise that older people these days want a different type of service to what has been offered in the past. The population is ageing so it is important for us to recognise what will help people stay people stay independent. Working in partnership to achieve better outcomes will hopefully mean more people will be able to live in their own homes for as long as possible.”

Chris Frost, Chief Executive at MVSC was delighted to welcome so many people representing a wide range of local public and voluntary sector organisations last week, and said “Once again partnership working in Merton is gaining national interest and we are confident that this exciting preventative programme will prove its worth”.

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Notes to editors

For further information about the Ageing Well programme contact Sophie Matthews at Sophie@mvsc.co.uk.

About the London Borough of Merton

An outer London borough to the south west of the capital with a population of 200,000 residents living in 80,000 households and served by 7,500 businesses. Formed in 1965, the borough’s five main town centres are Wimbledon (taking in the Village, the Broadway and South Wimbledon), Mitcham, Morden, Raynes Park and Colliers Wood.

Merton is home to the world famous All England Lawn Tennis Club, where the Wimbledon Championships take place every year bringing an extra 500,000 people into the borough for the tennis extravaganza.

In the 13th century, the Statutes of Merton, the basis of common law in England and seen by many as the forerunner for modern parliament, were signed here. In the 19th century Merton was a place of industry where famous names such as Arthur Liberty and William Morris based their businesses on the River Wandle. The Lord Admiral Horatio Nelson also lived in Merton.