Headlines: March 18th, 1999

A learning network has been launched to support the Better Government for Older People Programme. It will allow local authorities, voluntary organisations, the Programme team and individuals to keep in touch with events and to share best practice.

The aim of the Programme, launched in June 1998, is to improve public services for older people by better meeting their needs, listening to their views, and encouraging and valuing their contribution, so they can fully participate in their communities. The Programme is sponsored by the Cabinet Office, Age Concern, Help the Aged, the Archer Trust, the Carnegie Third Age Programme and Warwick University.

The Programme is pioneering strategic policy making and joined up delivery of public services. It provides for piloting innovative schemes for older people such as telephone helplines to consultative forums. The Learning Network will allow the outcomes from the pilots to be shared widely.