PENSIONERS in Poole are being asked to complete a survey that could help shape the future of how elderly services are accessed in the town.

In particular, Borough of Poole says it is keen to learn what residents feel is most important in keeping them independent and active.

Borough of Poole’s Older People’s Champion Cllr Charles Meachin said: “Older people form an integral and numerous part of our local community, and we are keen to do all we can to help them lead active, independent and fulfilled lives for as long as possible.

“I look forward to seeing the results of the survey, and encourage my fellow senior citizens to take part.”

According to the 2011 census there were more than 30,000 Poole residents over the age of 65, from the town’s population of 154,718 people.

There were also almost 5,000 over 85s and even 45 centenarians, and figures showed 96 per cent of Poole’s elderly population lived in their own homes.

Borough of Poole adult social care portfolio holder Cllr Karen Rampton said: “Considering the views of local people is vital in ensuring that services meet their needs.

“I hope that residents will spare the time to give their views on what is important to them.”

The deadline for completed surveys, which will inform the work of Poole’s Older People’s Strategy Group, is July 31.

The survey can be accessed online at and copies are available from council offices and public libraries. Alternative formats can be arranged by contacting Dorset Blind Association on 01202 712 860 or via