A new online directory, which helps to support west Norfolk’s over 65s to stay well and live independently, has been visited almost 10,000 times since it launched in March and is getting a resounding thumbs-up from users.

The directory, Living Independently in Later Years or LILY (www.asklily.org.uk), has been created by the West Norfolk Partnership in partnership with the West Norfolk Alliance and already includes over 1,000 entries.

Social activities, assistive technology, care homes and support services have been amongst the most popular topics explored by visitors to the website.

Initial feedback has been extremely positive. Users have referred to it as ‘fabulous’, ‘amazing’ and ‘very informative’ and clinicians agree that it is a really useful resource for professionals and those supporting older people.

Cllr Nick Daubney, Chair of the West Norfolk Partnership, said, “We are really pleased that people are finding the directory useful. It is a simple concept, but it is beginning to prove effective in helping to support people to live independently.”

He added, “We are continuing to develop the directory and welcome input from users and service providers to help us make it as comprehensive and effective as possible.”

The percentage of people over 65 in west Norfolk is increasing. At the last Census, 23% of west Norfolk’s population was over 65, with 27% of these people living alone. Estimates suggest that these figures are set to rise. Factors such as second home ownership and the rural nature of the borough mean that older people can find themselves without vital community or family networks.

The LILY directory has been developed as one way in which to support this sector of the community. It brings together a range of information (including information and advice on money matters, social activities, health, transport and more) for older people and those who support them, making it easy for people to find the contacts and information they need.

The online directory is designed to give convenient access for all, however, people who do not have easy access to the internet can call the council information centre on 01553 616200 and an advisor will navigate the directory for them.

For more information please visit www.asklily.org.uk