Labour-controlled Maghull Town Council is preparing to appoint an Older Person's Champion to ensure that the interests of the town's senior community's interests are best served.
The town council is joining forces with Age UK to provide a range of new service to help older people in Maghull.
Working with the national charity, which was formerly known as Age Concern, Maghull Town Council will provide:
· One-to-one and group counselling services
· Information, advice and casework support , backed by the Royal British Legion
· Befriending coffee morning
· Computer skills with IT support provided by Maghull Town Council
· Job skills for the over 50s
· Cooking for one and healthy eating
· Walking and cycling groups
Maghull Town Council Labour Councillor Sandra Williams, said older people needed more help now than ever.
Cllr Williams said: "Now more than ever older people in our community need extra support.
"Be that with getting trained up to find work because the over 50s have been the affected by the double dip recession worse than most. Unemployment among women aged 50-64 has risen by almost a third in the past two and a half years.
"Then we have older people living in fear at the prospect of the rocketing cost of residential care for when they get into later life.
"Even today, the rocketing cost of living is hurting older people, particularly now as we approach winter when many older people will be afraid to put on the heating because the cost of gas and electricity is now so high.
"This is a very difficult time for many people over 50.
"Maghull Town Council is partnering with Age UK to help them at a time when they need it most."
Cllr Williams said the town council's new community champion will ensure that older people in Maghull are given the support they need.
Cllr Williams said: "Lots of older people in our community need help, the new Maghull Town Council Older People's Champion and our partnership with Age UK will ensure that that help is provided and available.
"On everything from learning computer skills to meeting new people over a coffee, Maghull Town Council and Age UK will give over 50s in Maghull the chance to get involved.
"This is a great partnership which will help us look after the welfare of older people right here in our community."