LOCAL organisations providing day to day public services to people over the age of 50 are coming together to present an Information Fair on Tuesday, June 10, in Barnstaple. The fair will run from 2pm to 4pm, at the Barnstaple Hotel, Braunton Road, Barnsta
LOCAL organisations providing day to day public services to people over the age of 50 are coming together to present an Information Fair on Tuesday, June 10, in Barnstaple.The fair will run from 2pm to 4pm, at the Barnstaple Hotel, Braunton Road, Barnstaple. Devon County Council has organised the afternoon to make people more aware of what services and support are available locally to people over 50.Services represented will include: The new Senior Council for Devon; Age Concern; Go North Devon; Time For Life; West County Energy Action; See Hear Project; Taw and Torridge Caring and Carers Link; WAND Mental Health Helpline; North Devon Homes; Care and Repair; RNID; Calvert Trust; Local Involvement Networks (LINKs); Cruse; Lions; Torridge Transport; TorrAge; Devon PCT's Expert Patients; and others.Devon County Council's Community Transport, Library Services, Adult Education, Direct Payments team, and Care Direct, which is part of the Council's Customer Services, will also be attending. The Barnstaple event is the third of three Information Fairs to promote local services. The first two events, in Exmouth and Ivybridge, attracted many people. The county council was chosen by the Government last year to pilot new and better ways of supporting people over 50. With a range of other statutory and voluntary organisations, not for profit agencies and charities, the council is working to improve people's quality of life by making it easier for them to access help and other services.Devon County Council's Champion for Older People, Cllr Eileen Wragg, said: "Information fairs are an excellent opportunity for people to come along and meet the many organisations who provide services to people over 50. "People can call in for as little or as long as they like, chat to the experts and take information away that might be useful to them."The council's Executive Member for Adult and Community Services, Cllr Hugo Barton, added: "We want to encourage and enable older people to remain living in their own homes for as long as possible, so events like this, which is bringing together many of the organisations that provide services to benefit older people, will help towards that goal."Local county councillor for Barnstaple North, Brian Greenslade, said: "I am very supportive of giving people as much time to stay at home as is possible. "Giving people the confidence to do so means good information being available, so I very much welcome this information fair taking place and I am sure those attending will find it very helpful.