Devon has a large and growing population of older people with a significant number of young people leaving the area.
Some of the issues relating to age include access to services in large rural areas which can be particularly difficult for younger and older people because of a reliance on public transport. Older and younger people are using increasingly different words and phrases, presenting challenges to ensure that our communication methods are those which everyone is comfortable to use. While young people are more likely to use new forms of communication such as smart phones and social media, older people can find it harder to adapt to new technologies, or may simply not want to.
Age (particularly younger and older) is a signifant factor in the delivery of many Council services such as health, social care and education. Our website contains many sources of age-related information that can be accessed from the home page.
Listening to the views of younger and older people is very important for shaping services. Working with Devon’s young people, we have a thriving Devon Youth Parliament and Scrutiny panel. We work closely with and support initiatives to ensure that older people can participate in the way we develop and deliver our services through Devon Senior Voice.
We also run a popular Apprenticeship Scheme aimed at attracting young people to a career with the council, and participate in the Natonal Graduate Development Programme to encourage younger graduates into managerial posts.