Athlone police in partnership with the local council launched Soar, a new non-profit organisation (NPO) aimed at creating a platform for free expression among elderly people in the neighbourhood.About 200 senior residents from Athlone attended the launch at Dulcie September Civic Centre on Thursday 11 July.At the launch, Sergeant Zita Norman, spokesperson for Athlone Police Station and ward councillor, Rashid Adams, explained how the NPO is going to work, and encouraged participation. There will be monthly meetings where police and the council will interact with seniors talking about various topics including personal safety, legal advice and service delivery. Meetings will not be limited to seniors, but the youth is also encouraged to be part of the meetings as well as the nearby communities.Norman says the idea is to provide a safe and comfortable space for seniors to speak about issues affecting them, be it at home or in their communities. They want the public to know the police can do more than making arrests to help and be easily accessible and approachable.Adams says this will provide sustainable programmes to seniors. “We must seriously challenge the approach communities have towards our seniors and very often it is the youth that compromises the safety of our seniors through ill-thought actions. “My intention is to include the youth sector so that we can start bridging the gap that exists between our youth and seniors,” he says.V For more information call Sergeant Zita Norman on 082 378 9018.