Age-friendly York has launched a new consultation on how older people spend their leisure time in the city and how they’d actually like to spend it.
Your Leisure Time consultation is at www.york.gov.uk/AgeFriendlyYork and asks for views on activities and how to find them, volunteering and loneliness. Past surveys have highlighted social isolation is an issue which we’re addressing by providing opportunities to socialise like chatty bench and a chatty café. The survey asks about these initiatives and a shared restaurant table scheme. The questionnaire takes about 10 minutes to complete.
Earlier Age-Friendly surveys held last year were on Your Journey in August and Your Destination in October. Over 200 people took part and provided high-quality information and comments. Among the outcomes, includes a survey of benches in the city, their location, condition and plotting them on a map.
Following an earlier survey in 2017 when 23% of respondents said they experienced loneliness, we and partners developed www.LiveWellYork.co.uk which now lists some 640 activities, events or volunteering opportunities.
Councillor Carol Runciman, Executive Member for Adult Social Care and Health said: “Being an age-friendly city is a welcome step towards making the city an even better place for older residents.
“Better understanding their preferences or concerns means we can work with partners to address them. We can then build on initiatives like the falls prevention service, or our older people’s accommodation programme to support people to live as independently and as well as possible in later life.
“We know social isolation can be an issue, and this survey will help us understand the barriers people face to socialising, so we can create the right solutions. In the same way, we know accessing community transport at peak times can be difficult, so Age Friendly York is working with the Community Transport Group to find solutions.”
The surveys are open to any older York residents, anyone who works with or cares for older people or those who are planning ahead for older age. Printed copies and large print versions of the consultation are available on request toAgeFriendlyYork@york.gov.uk. Please email this address is you’re interested in getting involved in Age Friendly York.
Other consultations planned by Age Friendly York are on Your Access to Information; Your Home and Your Services.
In response to a Freedom of Information request the York Council
has now confirmed that it did not consult neighbours or local Councillors
before issuing a license which allowed a building contractor to occupy the “old
allotments” site at the rear of the library car park.
This site has been owned by the Council for over 15 years. The
developers of the adjacent bowling Club land (which does have planning permission)
had previously said that they did not want to combine the two sites to provide
a abetter overall layout.
Work on the site disturbed residents living in South View
Terrace and part of Lowfields Drive.
The first that residents knew of the arrangement, was when
heavy plant moved onto the site and started to clear it. This prompted complaints
about noise, dust and vibrations.
Spoil heap heights reached over 4 metres at one point.
Local fauna and flora on the site were badly affected.
The Council now says that it granted a license to occupy its
land on 8th April. There was no consultation undertaken with
Residents complained to the Council on 16th May
about the problems being caused.
It wasn’t until 28th May that the Council wrote to
affected neighbours telling them about the license.
The Council says that working hours on the compound are
restricted to 8:00am – 6:00pm, Mon – Fri plus 9:00am – 1:00pm on Saturdays.
The Council says that “The compound licence requires the developer
to leave the property in a clean and tidy condition at the end of the licence,
including the removal of hardcore”.
It goes on to say that it expects the compound to be in use
for 12 months.
An investigation into whether the developers have the
necessary planning permission to use the building compound is still underway.
In our view affected residents have suffered unexpected and unreasonable
disruption and should be entitled to compensation.
It is possible that the matter may be referred to the Local Government Ombudsman
York’s cultural attractions have strengthened in recent years. The Art Gallery/Museums Trust is putting on a wide range of events while the Libraries management team have recently been awarded a 15 year extension to their contract. York has a strong theatre presence and attracted the new Shakespeare outdoor venue last year
Things are less promising for informal sport and open space provision. Playing fields in west York are being built on. Outdoor games areas are being closed and bowling greens lost.
All parties are promising to plant more trees, although none yet recognise that more needs to be invested in maintaining existing tree stocks.
Rather belatedly, the adverse impact of the cuts made to youth provision 7 years ago, are being recognised. All parties promise to do more to entertain teenagers.
The LibDems and Greens commit to a rolling programme of play equipment renewal.
Community groups and residents are invited to celebrate the launch of www.livewellyork.co.uk, a city-wide source of high-quality information and advice, at venues around the city on Thursday 14 March.
The Live Well York website promotes opportunities for residents to enjoy healthy, active and independent lives and supports our commitment to early help and prevention, and to help people live independently and well.
Having been in development for a year, Live Well York is being used by over 1,000 people every month and is now launching formally. It offers residents:
some 800 community activities
an events calendar with around 70 events posted each month
over 100 volunteering opportunities
a Service and Products directory with over 80 services listed
750 reviews with an average rating of 4.3 out of 5.
Developed by a partnership of City of York Council, York CVS, Explore York, Age UK York, Healthwatch York and Vale of York Clinical Commissioning Group, the website offers links to good quality information and advice on topics from travel, housing, caring, money and legal matters.
To prevent information being duplicated, the website navigates people to other sites such as Healthwatch York’s Mental Health directory, the Young Person’s Survival Guide, a map of the council’s community hubs and AccessAble’s accessibility information.
Future and further improvements to Live Well York include:
a sports and active leisure directory
improved accessibility with Easy Read pages
training and work experience opportunities
including information for care homes on how to set up activities
growing the number of partners to ensure a joined-up approach to providing good quality information and advice.
Local Councillors Sheena Jackson and Stephen Fenton took the opportunity to ask young people what leisure facilities they would like to see developed when the Fair was in the area last week.
Stephen Fenton and Sheena Jackson prepare to survey local teenagers
The Fair was held at the Acorn Rugby Ground. The Acorn Rugby team have fared quite well in National League 1 this season. They have recorded 11 victories.
Across the road, the Beagle football team recorded another win on Saturday. They travelled to Bubwith where they forced a 2 – 1 victory. They are at home at Chesneys Field next Saturday when they host Stamford Bridge in a 2:00pm kick off.
The Foxwood Residents Association will be meeting on Wednesday. The local Police Inspector is expected to attend the meeting which is taking place at the Foxwood Community centre starting at 7:00pm. Detailshere. On the agenda will be a discussion about various anti social behaviour incidents which have taken place in the area over the last couple of months. The meeting is open to any resident living in theFoxwood area.
Sheena has reported an overgrown bush which is partly obstructing the path on Bellhouse Way
Residents will be undertaking a “walk about” in the area on Wednesday. They will be joined by housing managers and representatives from the JRHT. It is hoped that problems like overgrown bushes and trees will be identified and dealt with following the visits.
According to the Council, “social entrepreneurs are taking over a York skatepark to give it a bright new future – and are inviting residents to a free trial”.
“In an innovative move, City of York Council has entered into an agreement with a social enterprise to breathe new life into Zoo Skatepark as it’s to be known – and local skaters are invited to come and try it out.
The park, located under Sainsbury’s car park on Foss Bank, is to be taken over by Zoo Skatepark Ltd.
The agreement has ensured that the skatepark will stay open to young people and skate sport enthusiasts from across York. (more…)
The much loved children’s magazine Shine, has re-launched to ensure locals to York are kept up to date with the latest clubs, events and sports happening across the city of York.
After some time away the magazine has now re-launched online and serves as a one-stop website for all you need to know about local activities for children and young people .Aimed at those aged between 5 and 18 years old, this resource has launched just in time to prepare your diaries for the 6 week holidays.
Browse the online calendars for Sports, Play, Parks, Arts and Library activities and events across the York area. You can also read the Shine Blog to find out a little bit more about courses, holiday camps and clubs to get involved in.
Organisers and leaders of children’s groups can register as a Shine user and have activities listed in the magazine’s calendar. The full magazine can be downloaded online.
Some of the exciting highlights happening this summer include:
West Bank Park Summer Fair 2018:
Free entry and on-site parking available at this year’s Summer Fair at West Bank Park from 1-4pm on June 24th.
‘Play In A Week’ – York Theatre Royal:
Join a fast-paced rehearsal week at York Theatre Royal. This year ages 8-14 years old can partake in the performance of the Jungle Book. Places cost £95 and are open to ages 8-14 years old. The course runs from August 13th to August 17th. For those aged 5-8years old, The Dream Play rehearsal week is taking place August 20th to August 24th.
‘Squash Camps 2018’ – Queen Margaret’s School:
Take part in a 3 day course to learn and develop you squash skills. The course runs between 9am-12pm a day for 3 days. Courses cost £45 per person. Course dates are July 17th-19th and July 31st– August 2nd.