6th Dec, 2016

Coventry Older Voices hosts its first AGM following interest surge

Shaun Reynolds 6th Oct, 2016 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

A CITY group which provides a voice for some of Coventry’s older residents has held its first Annual General Meeting.

Coventry Older Voices (COV) has more than 400 members and after a recent surge in growth, key speakers decided it was time to discuss affairs on a more formal basis.

79 members met at the Methodist Central Hall at the end of last month to approve the constitution and to elect a management committee.

The meeting heard from guest speakers Moira Pendlebury, CEO of Age UK Coventry, Kam Kaur, project manager of the age-friendly Coventry project, and Jim Cunningham, Coventry South MP.

Reports were presented by the chair and secretary – and a debate on priorities for the coming year was held.

One of the key issues that was identified from the meeting as causing particular problems to older people was the increasing use of computers to repair services previously provided by more traditional needs.

It was argued though computer technology may reduce costs for Coventry City Council and other service providers, many older people do not have the computer skills required to use them.

Other areas of concern included the budget reduction for care services for older people – which was thought to be in danger of being unable to cope with the increasing demand.

COV’s chairperson, Anne Lakin, encouraged members to play an active role in the activities of group.

She added: “COV is a voice for older people and should be consulted before and not after anything is being planned for this city.

“In that way we could possibly avoid the frustrations that are experienced by older people when they feel that that have not been informed and are not part of the decision making process.”

Visit www.coventryoldervoices.org for further information about Coventry Older Voices.