Community groups have met to share ideas about how to improve the lives of older people.

The CVT Shared Lives hosted its first Community Breakfast Club of the year at Wollescote Hall with a focus on older people.

The event was in partnership with the Assessment & Independence Team from Dudley Council.

On a very cold morning, more than 25 people attended the meeting to share ideas about social care and promote the services/projects they are currently involved with across Stourbridge.

Alison Harris, assistant team manager from the Independent Living Team, who arranged the event, said: "The Breakfast has been a great success, not only has the council had opportunity to promote how our service supports older people in the community, but there was a lot of networking, and we now know of new projects we can sign post people to."

Various other organisations in attendance were Care UK, Job Centre Plus, Riverside House, Dementia Friends, Citizens Advice Bureau, MacMillan, Camphill Village Trust, Public Health, Utility Aid and Lifestyle Fitness.

The next Community Breakfast Club will be hosted some time in the Spring and given its success, there are suggestions to roll the meetings out across the borough, so as to involve a lot more communities.

If your service/group is interested in hosting the next event or just being involved, contact Dean Barnshaw from CVT Shared Lives on 01384 441505 or visit