Darlington event makes OAPs VIPs

The Advertiser Series: VIP EVENT: Alex Hirst, manager of Distinct Darlington, which is organising the event VIP EVENT: Alex Hirst, manager of Distinct Darlington, which is organising the event

PENSIONERS are to be given VIP treatment at a special event in Darlington next month.

On Wednesday, July 2, businesses and organisations from across the town will converge on the Market Square to hand out free information and advice to pensioners on everything from banking to neighbourhood safety and hearing loss.

The OAP VIP event is the latest initiative from Distinct Darlington, which was formed to collectively promote businesses in the town centre through a variety of projects including making the town centre safer and more welcoming for visitors.

Among those taking part will be Santander, Newcastle Building Society and TSB, while experts from mobility firm Eden Mobility and Sky will be joined by staff from Darlington Borough Council and Neighbourhood Watch to answer visitors' questions.

There will also be entertainment and refreshments, as well as an outdoor performance of Zumba Gold - an exercise class which is specifically tailored for older people.

Manger of Distinct Darlington, Alex Hirst, said: "We listen very carefully to our visitors and to our businesses and we know that some elderly people are simply unable to queue for long periods in banks and shops, while others have problems accessing information online or over the phone.

"It can be quite daunting when you?re unsure who to approach for answers to your questions so we?ve brought as many businesses as possible to one place, to make it a little easier.

"This event will be the perfect opportunity for our valued OAPs to put their questions to banking and retail experts face to face and meet with friends for a coffee at the same time."

The free event will take place from 10am and 2pm.

For more information visit distinctdarlington.co.uk

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12:05pm Tue 10 Jun 14

Madadrian says...

making the town centre more welcoming to visitors? They joke.

Both of us are pensioners and the one thing we usually need urgently is a toilet yet these fools have closed them all. We use our car and go to stockton instead.
making the town centre more welcoming to visitors? They joke. Both of us are pensioners and the one thing we usually need urgently is a toilet yet these fools have closed them all. We use our car and go to stockton instead. Madadrian
  • Score: 14

1:33pm Tue 10 Jun 14

Homshaw1 says...

Why is it Redcar has a toilet in the Town Centre, one in Zetland Park and one in Saltburn while Darlington has nothing? Even in Swainby, a little village, there is a toilet.

In Redcar there are people collecting rubbish and cutting grass on a Saturday morning

What is Darlington Council doing with our money?
Why is it Redcar has a toilet in the Town Centre, one in Zetland Park and one in Saltburn while Darlington has nothing? Even in Swainby, a little village, there is a toilet. In Redcar there are people collecting rubbish and cutting grass on a Saturday morning What is Darlington Council doing with our money? Homshaw1
  • Score: 11

4:33pm Tue 10 Jun 14

Madadrian says...

Homshaw1 wrote:
Why is it Redcar has a toilet in the Town Centre, one in Zetland Park and one in Saltburn while Darlington has nothing? Even in Swainby, a little village, there is a toilet.

In Redcar there are people collecting rubbish and cutting grass on a Saturday morning

What is Darlington Council doing with our money?
" What is Darlington Council doing with our money?"

Spending the tax of over 500 band A houses on payments to councillors before a penny is spent on services
[quote][p][bold]Homshaw1[/bold] wrote: Why is it Redcar has a toilet in the Town Centre, one in Zetland Park and one in Saltburn while Darlington has nothing? Even in Swainby, a little village, there is a toilet. In Redcar there are people collecting rubbish and cutting grass on a Saturday morning What is Darlington Council doing with our money?[/p][/quote]" What is Darlington Council doing with our money?" Spending the tax of over 500 band A houses on payments to councillors before a penny is spent on services Madadrian
  • Score: 8

5:32pm Tue 10 Jun 14

Jan Van-Winkel says...

Simple solution: Use your vote!

Is there any justification in having a Chief Executive of the Council for a town of 98,000 people that earn more than the current PM?

Please don't respond with the usual "we need to pay that much to attract the best" as we, clearly, do not have the best.
Simple solution: Use your vote! Is there any justification in having a Chief Executive of the Council for a town of 98,000 people that earn more than the current PM? Please don't respond with the usual "we need to pay that much to attract the best" as we, clearly, do not have the best. Jan Van-Winkel
  • Score: 5

9:01pm Tue 10 Jun 14

Awake-in-Darlo says...

Is it only me who feels mildly irritated/patronised by this sort of event ? Been on this earth long enough to know how to open a bank account or in fact find any services I might need. Most older folks will have family and friends or neighbours should they need outside advice .As we all know, there is Age UK in the town as well. Bright young things treating us like we are a "special case" gets right up my nose. We might be over 60 (ancient) but we need same basic facilities ...such as public toilets; as do all ages actually. ..DBC should spend our money more wisely...agree with above comments.
Is it only me who feels mildly irritated/patronised by this sort of event ? Been on this earth long enough to know how to open a bank account or in fact find any services I might need. Most older folks will have family and friends or neighbours should they need outside advice .As we all know, there is Age UK in the town as well. Bright young things treating us like we are a "special case" gets right up my nose. We might be over 60 (ancient) but we need same basic facilities ...such as public toilets; as do all ages actually. ..DBC should spend our money more wisely...agree with above comments. Awake-in-Darlo
  • Score: 6

9:12pm Tue 10 Jun 14

Awake-in-Darlo says...

P.S. VIP? Very irritated person.
Agree, Stockton public loos are top notch. If they can provide them , why not DBC ? Overpaid twerps !
P.S. VIP? Very irritated person. Agree, Stockton public loos are top notch. If they can provide them , why not DBC ? Overpaid twerps ! Awake-in-Darlo
  • Score: 6

10:29pm Tue 10 Jun 14

Mistake says...

Jan Van-Winkel wrote:
Simple solution: Use your vote!

Is there any justification in having a Chief Executive of the Council for a town of 98,000 people that earn more than the current PM?

Please don't respond with the usual "we need to pay that much to attract the best" as we, clearly, do not have the best.
She's only on £156,720, barely enough to survive on! (though I myself only get £6,692 and seem to manage, just about. That's counting sickness benefit, housing benefit and council tax reduction or to put it another way, all the help I can get)

And let's not forget, she would get more in the private sector - though I imagine given the inability for the council to stop haemorrhaging money she'd have had the sack by now.
[quote][p][bold]Jan Van-Winkel[/bold] wrote: Simple solution: Use your vote! Is there any justification in having a Chief Executive of the Council for a town of 98,000 people that earn more than the current PM? Please don't respond with the usual "we need to pay that much to attract the best" as we, clearly, do not have the best.[/p][/quote]She's only on £156,720, barely enough to survive on! (though I myself only get £6,692 and seem to manage, just about. That's counting sickness benefit, housing benefit and council tax reduction or to put it another way, all the help I can get) And let's not forget, she would get more in the private sector - though I imagine given the inability for the council to stop haemorrhaging money she'd have had the sack by now. Mistake
  • Score: 3

12:31am Wed 11 Jun 14

Homshaw1 says...

Awake-in-Darlo wrote:
Is it only me who feels mildly irritated/patronised by this sort of event ? Been on this earth long enough to know how to open a bank account or in fact find any services I might need. Most older folks will have family and friends or neighbours should they need outside advice .As we all know, there is Age UK in the town as well. Bright young things treating us like we are a "special case" gets right up my nose. We might be over 60 (ancient) but we need same basic facilities ...such as public toilets; as do all ages actually. ..DBC should spend our money more wisely...agree with above comments.
Some older people have significant disposable income and it's BID that's organizing it. It's your money they're after but as you say older people aren't daft.
[quote][p][bold]Awake-in-Darlo[/bold] wrote: Is it only me who feels mildly irritated/patronised by this sort of event ? Been on this earth long enough to know how to open a bank account or in fact find any services I might need. Most older folks will have family and friends or neighbours should they need outside advice .As we all know, there is Age UK in the town as well. Bright young things treating us like we are a "special case" gets right up my nose. We might be over 60 (ancient) but we need same basic facilities ...such as public toilets; as do all ages actually. ..DBC should spend our money more wisely...agree with above comments.[/p][/quote]Some older people have significant disposable income and it's BID that's organizing it. It's your money they're after but as you say older people aren't daft. Homshaw1
  • Score: 1

8:49am Wed 11 Jun 14

Joplin18 says...

Was it really the BID manager who organised this event? No I don't think it was. This event has nothing to do with the council or lack of bins around the town, it doesn't patronise older people either. It has been organised to inform people about services they may not already know about instead of queuing in the business on a busy day.
Was it really the BID manager who organised this event? No I don't think it was. This event has nothing to do with the council or lack of bins around the town, it doesn't patronise older people either. It has been organised to inform people about services they may not already know about instead of queuing in the business on a busy day. Joplin18
  • Score: 1

12:44pm Wed 11 Jun 14

Homshaw1 says...

Joplin18 wrote:
Was it really the BID manager who organised this event? No I don't think it was. This event has nothing to do with the council or lack of bins around the town, it doesn't patronise older people either. It has been organised to inform people about services they may not already know about instead of queuing in the business on a busy day.
Could you please explain that a little more? The article says it was organised by Distinct Darlington, which is BID, and it has a photo of the BID manager.

If BID didn't organise it who did?

If businesses want to help older clients why don't they look for a more permanent solution within their own organisations instead of a one-off event
[quote][p][bold]Joplin18[/bold] wrote: Was it really the BID manager who organised this event? No I don't think it was. This event has nothing to do with the council or lack of bins around the town, it doesn't patronise older people either. It has been organised to inform people about services they may not already know about instead of queuing in the business on a busy day.[/p][/quote]Could you please explain that a little more? The article says it was organised by Distinct Darlington, which is BID, and it has a photo of the BID manager. If BID didn't organise it who did? If businesses want to help older clients why don't they look for a more permanent solution within their own organisations instead of a one-off event Homshaw1
  • Score: 1

3:12pm Wed 11 Jun 14

DarloXman says...

Mistake wrote:
Jan Van-Winkel wrote:
Simple solution: Use your vote!

Is there any justification in having a Chief Executive of the Council for a town of 98,000 people that earn more than the current PM?

Please don't respond with the usual "we need to pay that much to attract the best" as we, clearly, do not have the best.
She's only on £156,720, barely enough to survive on! (though I myself only get £6,692 and seem to manage, just about. That's counting sickness benefit, housing benefit and council tax reduction or to put it another way, all the help I can get)

And let's not forget, she would get more in the private sector - though I imagine given the inability for the council to stop haemorrhaging money she'd have had the sack by now.
Ms Burns also gets in the order of £26,000 towards her pension! Where else are salsires quoted net of pension contributions - only the public sector!

I am sure she is unemployable in the private sector. This is a Chief Executive who can't even manage for the grass to be cut! Darlington is becoming the joke town of the North East!
[quote][p][bold]Mistake[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Jan Van-Winkel[/bold] wrote: Simple solution: Use your vote! Is there any justification in having a Chief Executive of the Council for a town of 98,000 people that earn more than the current PM? Please don't respond with the usual "we need to pay that much to attract the best" as we, clearly, do not have the best.[/p][/quote]She's only on £156,720, barely enough to survive on! (though I myself only get £6,692 and seem to manage, just about. That's counting sickness benefit, housing benefit and council tax reduction or to put it another way, all the help I can get) And let's not forget, she would get more in the private sector - though I imagine given the inability for the council to stop haemorrhaging money she'd have had the sack by now.[/p][/quote]Ms Burns also gets in the order of £26,000 towards her pension! Where else are salsires quoted net of pension contributions - only the public sector! I am sure she is unemployable in the private sector. This is a Chief Executive who can't even manage for the grass to be cut! Darlington is becoming the joke town of the North East! DarloXman
  • Score: 2

5:17am Thu 12 Jun 14

SirLance says...

Why no public toilets in Darlington? Are the people of Darlington exempt of a natural bodily function? I cannot believe that certain people want pensioners to come into town to spend money when they cannot even 'spend a penny'.
Why no public toilets in Darlington? Are the people of Darlington exempt of a natural bodily function? I cannot believe that certain people want pensioners to come into town to spend money when they cannot even 'spend a penny'. SirLance
  • Score: 1

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