- For the increasing number of older people in the community, with many resident in new developments;
- For the increasing number of elderly being encouraged to remain in their own homes;
- Arising from reduction in wardens in sheltered units;
- Arising from feelings of isolation and loneliness.
Histon and Impington Action for Older People (HIAFOP) was the direct result of an Older Peoples forum held in October 2010. This forum is an independent group with its own terms of reference and membership, but it has strong links to relevant groups and the village parish councils. Members include Age UK Village Warden and the Firs Surgery Practice Manager. After consultations with the parish councils, it was agreed that a Village Older Persons’ Coordinator (VOPC) be appointed under the auspices of the Histon and Impington Community Minibus (HICOM) and the first appointment was made in June 2011. HICOM is a well established local charity, with its own strong links within the community and a range of expertise within its trustees and management team. The VOPC aims to address issues: