Council reaches out to residents aged over 60

Published: 28 November 2017

Slough residents aged over 60 are being encouraged to share their views on services provided to them as part of a public consultation.

Slough Borough Council is currently reviewing the offer it provides to older people in the borough, including their day care centre services.

To help understand the issues most important to older residents, the council has developed a short questionnaire with the help of the Slough 50plus Forum (formerly known as Slough Older Peoples’ Forum).

The questionnaire asks people about the social activities they undertake, their views on their social lives and companionship, as well as the level of support they require or would like to continue to live active, healthy lives.

The feedback received from residents will directly help the council shape the future provision of services to older people. It will also support work the Slough Wellbeing Board will be doing next year to tackle social isolation, one of four ‘wicked’ issues identified to be affecting the borough.

Alan Sinclair, director of adults and communities, said: “The council is running a public consultation to give residents aged over 60 the chance to have their say on the services that affect their lives.

“We want to make sure we make positive, meaningful and lasting improvements to our offer, including day opportunities and the best way to do this is to ask the people directly involved.

“We’re encouraging people to take a few minutes out of their daily lives to let us know how they feel about their current social situation so we can make informed decisions about the services we provide in the future.”

The council is interested in hearing from all residents aged 60 years or over, and people who provide support for an older family member, friend or neighbour.

To take part in the public consultation, residents are encouraged to:

  • pick up a questionnaire – available in local GP surgeries, the Curve, community centres and places of worship – and return it using the freepost address provided
  • complete the questionnaire online at https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/Slough60plus.

The closing date for feedback is Friday 19 January 2018.

To obtain copies of the questionnaire, to request help completing it, or for more information, please contact Sally Kitson on 01753 690421 or sally.kitson@slough.gov.uk.