A SEARCH for Wales’ next Older People’s Commissioner has been launched by Welsh Government (WG).

The role - created by WG in 2008 - aims to be the independent voice and champion for older people aged 60 plus in Wales and has a wide range of legal powers to help deliver change.

Other aspects of the role include promoting awareness of the rights and interests of older people. challenging discrimination, encouraging best practice and reviewing laws that affect older people.

The term of current commissioner Sarah Rochira comes to an end in June 2018 - after six years in the role - and WG has opened applications with a closing date of October 13.

Following consultation with representatives of older people, the new commissioner will serve an initial four-year term.

Social services minister, Rebecca Evans said: “Wales was the first country in the UK to establish an Older People’s Commissioner, to help ensure we’re a country where older people are respected, valued, listened to and supported to lead safe and happy lives.

“The WG attaches great importance to the role, and I look forward to receiving applications from a broad range of high calibre applicants who are interested in making a real difference to the lives of older people in Wales.”

For more information on the role and to apply, visit: cymru-wales.tal.net/vx/appcentre-3/brand-2/candidate/so/pm/1/pl/8/opp/3675-Commissioner-for-Older-People-in-Wales/en-GB