Pledge to make upper dales “best place to grow old in England” by 2028

Enjoying the Good Life with project manager Julie Greenslade, centre, are, left to right, Pam Whittaker, Maggie Townsend and Terry Kirkbride.

By Betsy Everett

People in the upper dales are being asked to make their views known on the sort of future they want as they grow older.

A pledge to make the upper dales “the best place to grow old in England” by 2028 is the focus of a project managed by the Upper Wensleydale Community Partnership Ltd.

Now Julie Greenslade, co-ordinator of A Good Life – Vision 2028, is encouraging residents of the deeply rural areas which suffer more than their share of transport and health problems, to tell her what they need to make the promise a reality. She has set up informal drop-in cafes in a number of Dales villages to gauge people’s needs.
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“We want people to call in for a chat about what makes living in the dales so special, what activities they enjoy and would like to see provided, and what facilities and services they need as they grow older,” said Julie, who on Saturday was in the Askrigg Foundation craft shop in Market Place, following a successful session in Hawes last week.

The project began in April with a meeting of residents, local authorities, carers, health workers and emergency services personnel, organised by Gillian Wall, North Yorkshire County Council’s stronger communities manager for Richmondshire, and Coun. John Blackie of the UWCP.

Said Julie: “A Good Life will work with older people, volunteers, community groups and other partners to find out what makes life for older people good, looking at what works and then trying to do even more of that. We will try to bring good ideas to life and do more of what is already working well. We will be asking people about health, leisure activities, hobbies, getting about, everyday life and more.”

There are forms to complete which Julie can guide people through, and there’ll be free tea, coffee and biscuits.

The next drop-in session is tomorrow (Monday) in Sycamore Hall, Bainbridge, from 9am, and there will be another in Muker village hall from 10.30am-4pm on Tuesday, November 13. Call Julie on 07817711227 for more details.