Michael Lane, Police and Crime Commissioner for Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Portsmouth and Southampton yesterday attended the launch of Southampton Living Well at Chamberlayne Leisure Centre in Southampton.
Southampton City Council is looking to develop a new model of Community Wellbeing Centres providing support and day time activities for older people that will transform over time the traditional model of day centres.
The Commissioner said: “I was delighted to see at first hand the valuable work in support of our older communities ensuring that their potential and quality of life is sustained through professional support and via a very wide range of activity that goes from trampolining to socialising, that offers structured fitness and wellbeing in friendly environments that are fun as they are also beneficial.
“I have always encouraged engagement across the generations and of course creating opportunities for the young. Here the ‘young at heart older generation’ have their focus, which is just as much a priority giving respect for all the life journeys and rich stories evident in these older groups.
“I was really pleased that Caroline Dinenage MP was the VIP visitor in her role as Minister for Health to see and celebrate the excellent opportunities on offer and to show her leadership and commitment in this key area of our lives and for our communities.
“I was delighted also to be with other partners in this work and support and to catch up with progress on mutual projects funded through my Safer Communities Fund.”