Hartlepool dignity day all about respect for elderly

DIGNITY CODE: Delegates at the conference at the Maritime Experience listen to MP Iain Wright
DIGNITY CODE: Delegates at the conference at the Maritime Experience listen to MP Iain Wright

AN event about respect and dignity for older people has been held in Hartlepool.

The National Pensioners Convention (NPC) chose Hartlepool to mark National Dignity Day and to promote its Dignity Code which was first launched in 2012.

Hartlepool Borough Council, along with the large majority of North East councils, signed up to the Dignity Code which also has backing from MPs, Lords, charities and other key organisations working with older people.

Jan Shortt, of NPC, said: “I would like to extend a huge thank you to Hartlepool Borough Council for giving us an opportunity to hold our event in the town and to be able to share our principles of dignity with the community of Hartlepool.

“The Dignity Code is important to everyone - it sets the standard by which we receive services - with respect and value; by being included and listened to.”

Around 60 people attended the event including Councillor Christopher Akers-Belcher, the Leader of Hartlepool Borough Council and Hartlepool MP Iain Wright.

Coun Akers-Belcher, said: “The council prides itself on treating all service users with dignity and respect and signing the Dignity Code demonstrates our wholehearted commitment.

“You hear so many stories of elderly, vulnerable adults not being treated with dignity and respect but this is something which we do simply not tolerate in Hartlepool.”