|ELECTION CALL FOR YEARS AHEAD: The North East Forum on Ageing|
Years Ahead was established in 2005 as a forum to bring together voluntary, public and private sector organisations from across the North East to address the issues of demographic change and the health and well-being of older people in the North East.
The forum aims to influence key policy makers and promote partnership working which will enable the North East to tackle the opportunities and challenges of an ageing population. Its activities are overseen by a Partnership Board with members elected from stakeholders across the North East. Details of Years Ahead and its activities can be found at www.yearsahead.org.uk
The Role of Years Ahead Board Members
The role of Partnership Board members includes, directing and supporting the strategic direction of Years Ahead and effectively representing their organisation on the forum. Board members will be responsible for raising issues and good practice in their localities to feed in to the work of the forum. There is also an expectation that Partnership Board members will endeavour to feedback the work of Years Ahead and relevant information to their wider ‘constituency’. The advertised Partnership Board vacancies are voluntary positions although support will be offered by Years Ahead to cover reasonable expenses relating to their Board position including travel.
The main commitments in the Years Ahead Board member role include:
• Preparation and attendance of 4 partnership board meetings a year
• Contact with Years Ahead constituencies in their local area
• Influencing key policy makers on behalf of Years Ahead
• Support the representation of Years Ahead at national, regional and local level
• Tenure is for 4 years and a possible subsequent 3 years after initial tenure
The Years Ahead Vacancies
Following a governance review there are a number of vacancies on the Years Ahead Partnership Board which the forum is looking to fill. There are 9 vacant places for one local older peoples’ forum from each of the following local authority areas:
3. Redcar Cleveland
5. North Tyneside
6. South Tyneside
There are also 4 vacant places for regional older people’s representative organisations and affiliated organisations with an interest in age-related issues and demographic change.
The Nomination Process
Years Ahead is seeking nominations from eligible forums and organisations. Please note that nominations will not be considered from individuals and you must represent a relevant organisation and have agreement from your organisation to represent them on Years Ahead. The nomination form is attached to this election advert and the closing date for submissions is 5pm Monday 6th August 2012
Nominees that are shortlisted for the positions will be asked to an informal interview with the forum’s Chair and two independent panel members. We would like to emphasise that this would be an informal interview and those invited for interview will be fully briefed and supported to join the discussion.
Please hold the following dates: The interviews will take place on 3rd or 4th September so we would advise to hold these dates if possible. If you are successful in your nomination you will also be invited to attend the next Partnership Board meeting on 7th September 10.30am – 12.30pm. These meetings are likely to be held in Newcastle and support will be available for travel expenses to the Partnership Board meeting.