The Older People's Engagement Network (OPEN) was launched back in February 2016 as a channel for the over-50s community in Stoke to voice their opinions on public services. Since then, OPEN have engaged with over 1,000 people across the city on topics such as transport, healthcare and home care services. In just one year, it's clear to see that OPEN has become the go-to project organisations looking to have meaningful engagement with large numbers of the city's older community.
Derek Brindley, OPEN Chair, says: "The Older People’s Engagement Network started in February 2016 ... and are now recognised throughout the city as a voice for older people. There are many groups and meetings that take place in the community to ascertain older people’s views, but none that work at the heart of the community like OPEN does. We not only listen but try and get the answers to feed back to residents."
You can see some of the feedback and the specific outcomes of the OPEN Forums in this You Said, We Did Report.