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Melksham works towards becoming a more age-friendly town

LOCAL people are being encouraged to attend a special meeting at Melksham Town Hall on Monday 21st August at 2pm which will discuss how Melksham can become an age-friendly community.

Melksham Seniors initiated the idea of working towards an age-friendly community for the town and has had a great response from local groups in the town who support the idea.

At the meeting, Jessica Entwistle, age-friendly communities network manager for the National Centre for Ageing Better will give a talk. This will be followed by a workshop on how Melksham could achieve becoming an age-friendly community.

Chairman of Melksham & District Seniors’ 55+ Forum, Brian Warwick said, “Please do make a special effort to come to the meeting and do ensure your own local organisation is represented and that Melksham is recognised as a community that is prepared to actively strive to achieving great goals for creating a better and more friendly community – or just come along as an interested individual.

“Active ageing is a lifelong process and an age-friendly approach is not just ‘elderly friendly’, it benefits all age groups, with planning now and ensuring we provide the right desirable environment and facilities for a long and happy life style, we all benefit.

“The World Health Organisation (WHO)  is at the very heart of promoting the concept and supporting communities such as Melksham. The WHO key strategy is to facilitate the inclusion of older persons to making our world more age-friendly.

“It will take time, but much can be achieved in a relatively quick period with steady progression to creating Melksham as a truly age-friendly community.

“If you require any further information, then phone me on 01225 792959, or e-mail me at brian.warwick@mac.com”