100 older people celebrate UN day

OVER 100 older people from Londonderry attended an event to mark United Nations’ International Day of Older Persons’ that was addressed by members of the PSNI and local communtiy organisations.

The event at the Tower Hotel focussed on community/personal safety as well as services available for older persons in the North West, with key presentations delivered by the Community Safety Wardens, Local Crime Prevention Officer and the Project Coordinator from the North West Ageing Well Together organisation

Mayor Kevin Campbell said: “I would like to congratulate all of the agencies involved in organising this event. It’s always great to meet our elderly citizens and I’m delighted to see such an entertaining and informative event being put together for their benefit.”

In addition to a number of stands sporting a range of advice and personal safety items, guests also enjoyed a programme packed with entertainment including music from Country Style.

Sheena McCallion, Director of Housing and Care Services at Apex Housing said: “We are committed to the safety and well being of all our residents and this was a wonderful opportunity to work in partnership with other agencies to ensure that our elderly citizens have access to advice and support for issues that matter to them.

“Today has been a great success with all of our residents having a good afternoon’s craic, celebrating International Day of Older Persons and getting a little help and advice along the way.”

Thomas Conway, Chair of the Londonderry Policing and Community Safety Partnership (PCSP) commented: “The Derry PCSP is delighted to support this event and I can assure you that your safety and indeed the safety of all our communities is a key priority for us. The Derry PCSP will do everything it can to ensure that our elderly residents can live in peace without fear of crime.”