18 February 2011

Northamptonshire‘s 50+ network is launching a new website next week that has been designed to support and inform the older generation.

This website is funded by Northamptonshire County Council’s School of Life project which aims to help older and young people to share their experiences and skills with each other. In 2009, Northamptonshire was chosen as just one of only 12 counties to receive £400,000 government funding to run the scheme.

The new website provides the over 50s with access to up to date information about events, forums and activities. The site will showcase Northamptonshire’s opportunities for older people and provide them with a platform to comment through the introduction of their own blog.

There will also be a facility to book events and pages of information about consultations and issues affecting older people living in Northamptonshire.

Cabinet member for health and adult social services, Councillor Robin Brown said: “This is a big step forward for Northamptonshire’s 50+ Network and its members. The new website can support older people throughout the county by encouraging them to use the internet with their own purpose build website. A launch is also taking place so people can ask questions and experiment with the site to make sure they know how to use it as it will be a central hub of information.”

At the launch guests will be introduced to the new website and taught how to surf the web along with being shown how to register and use an email address. Every member registering their email address at www.northantsfiftyplus.co.uk can enter a web competition prize draw to win £50 of shopping vouchers.

The launch welcomes all those 50+ and is being held at Weston Favell Library on 28th February. The event begins at 10:30 a.m. with an introduction from the Network Chairman, Roger Rumsey and guest speaker Councillor David Mackintosh.

Please register your attendance either by telephone, 01604 236805 or email: rogerrumsey@ntlworld.com by 22nd February.