The achievements of residents aged over 55 and those who support them were celebrated and recognised by Ricky Tomlinson at last night’s inaugural Liverpool Older People’s Awards.
Held at Liverpool Town Hall, winners from over 150 entries were announced by the actor and comedian.
The event was managed by Liverpool Mutual Homes and partners for Liverpool City Council to showcase the achievements of the city’s over 55s.
Philip Gerard won the most active individual award and Olive Laycock-Rogers the most skilled individual title.
The most educated individual award was won by Ron Duncan with Val Rogers the runner-up.
Jack Stamper of Allerton was judged the most interesting individual and the best neighbourhood volunteer title was won by Kathleen Bache.
Lee Valley Pensioners Club in Belle Vale was voted the best older person initiative by judges.
The best older person agency was won be Liverpool Community Health’s Liveability Service.
The winners of the individual awards received £100 and the organisation award winner £500.
Ricky Tomlinson said: “It was a fantastic event, which really captured people’s imagination so well done to everyone involved.
“The stories behind those who won and were shortlisted shows just how active and involved older people are and how Liverpool as a city plays a really important role in making sure they are cared for and included.
“There have been some incredibly heart-warming stories about the lengths people go to in order to look after others and support them in their homes and communities.
“This is exactly what Liverpool represents and why its people are so special.”
Councillor Gerard Woodhouse, Liverpool City Council’s Lead for Older People, said: “We have long since known the fantastic contribution over 55s make to society in the city so it is vital we recognise it.
“Over 150 entries were received and all were of a very high standard, which was especially pleasing as it demonstrates just how involved older people are.
“We are hoping to build on the success of the inaugural awards and I’d like to congratulate the winners and those shortlisted.”
Director of Housing and Customer Services at Liverpool Mutual Homes, Angela Forshaw, said: “Along with our partners, we have been delighted to organise the awards for the council in order to celebrate people’s successes and counter stereotypes about older generations.
“It’s clear from the entries that older people in the city are leading very active lives and achieving great things. They are very inspirational in so many ways.”
Housing Maintenance Solutions, Liverpool Community Health NHS, Liverpool Housing Trust, Local Solutions, Plus Dane Group, Regenda Group, Riverside, Sanctuary Housing, South Liverpool Housing Trust, The Print Room and Your Housing Group are the other organisations involved.
Guests were entertained throughout the evening by Scarisbrick charity, ReSound Community Choir, which performed a range of 1940s World War Two songs.