By 2041 it is projected that a third of residents in the district will be over 65, against a national figure of a quarter for England. People are also living longer than ever before. These changes bring both challenges and opportunities for government and communities. There is increasing emphasis on communities looking after themselves and identifying appropriate help independently. Being aware of what support is available becomes more important as people age. Engaging in social activities and feeling part of a community is vital to a sense of wellbeing.
Senior Citizens Action Network (SCAN) groups offer the chance for older people to come together socially while also providing information on a variety of support services. SCAN can help resolve members' issues directly by providing information, signposting to the most appropriate support or taking the issue up as a campaign. SCAN is a way for older people to keep informed, maintain social connections, be part of their local community and, where necessary, press local authorities for action.
There are five SCAN groups across the district: Stratford-upon-Avon, Shipston-on-Stour, Bidford-on-Avon, Henley-in-Arden and Southam. Each group meets every other month. Dates, venues and times of each group will be updated as soon as dates have been rescheduled post Covid-19.
For further information, please contact the Social Inclusion team: