Older and Bolder
Second Annual Older Persons Event for Cheshire East
National Older Persons Day Event
"Get Out and Find Out" Older Persons Event
Award Winning Association presents event for Older Persons
Chelford Tenants and Residents Association is holding a special event for older persons at Saint Michaels Church, Town Hall Square, Macclesfield on Saturday 1st October 2016 from 11am to 3pm. There is no charge for entry and refreshments will be available.
The event has been planned to coincide with National Older Persons Day an International Day created to recognise and celebrate the achievements and contributions that older people make to our society. The event will bring together a wide range of voluntary organisations and businesses that help, support or provide services for older persons, including welfare rights and advice, healthy lifestyles, funeral planning and wills and activities for older persons in the area.
Chelford Tenants & Residents Association is a not for profit organisation with no paid staff which works for the benefit of tenants and residents in the Cheshire East area. Last year it was awarded the Queens Award for Voluntary service (The MBE for volunteer groups) for the work it undertakes to help reduce social isolation and loneliness in older persons and also in creating a more vibrant local community.
The Association provides a variety of social events including lunches, afternoon teas, themed dinners, quiz nights, exercise classes, computers, friendship sessions, a community garden project, coach outings and an annual holiday. It was also one of the first organisations in the UK to install its own "Little Free Library"! The Association hopes that it can help and inspire other organisations to set up in other areas of Cheshire.
The older persons event "Older and Bolder": Get out and find out! has been organised by a group of volunteers who really want to make a difference to communities in Cheshire East.
The Association are delighted that the "Campaign to End Loneliness" will be exhibiting for the first time at the event to raise awareness of the issues around loneliness in older people. The Campaign to End Loneliness believes that nobody who wants company should be without it.
David Kent, Secretary said;
"As an Association we are only too aware of the problems of social isolation of older people which leads to health problems including depression and has been cited as "the hidden killer" of older people. We want to act on a recent report "Making our Communities Ready for Ageing: A call to action" (Age UK /ILC May 2014) by putting on an event for older persons. As a Federation we really want to help our local communities and we feel this event will do that. With a continually ageing population we want to continue to meet the needs and encourage "playfulness"."
The recent report "Making our Communities Ready for Ageing" states
"A strong message we received throughout conversations with experts and older persons is that there is not enough emphasis on fun and playfulness for older people. Our communities should be places of fun for everyone; places where people want to get together with new and old friends and that recognise that playfulness is not just the preserve of the young"
With "playfulness" in mind Cheshire Fire Service will be attending (subject to emergency calls) with a fire engine for older people to clamber on and view! Of course grandchildren and children can do so too! On a more serious note they will also be bringing their Fire Safety Kitchen which has visible safety hazards to identify in one kitchen and one fire damaged kitchen. People can enter the vehicle and experience the two different areas which include the use of synthetic smoke and a LCD display screen.
The day looks to be a great mix of exhibitors and information available.
David Kent Secretary
Campaign to end Loneliness: http://www.campaigntoendloneliness.org/
The Campaign to End Loneliness inspires thousands of organisations and people to do more to tackle the health threat of loneliness in older age. The Campaign to End Loneliness is a network of national, regional and local organisations and people working together through community action, good practice, research and policy to ensure that loneliness is acted upon as a public health priority at national and local levels.
We were launched in 2011, are governed by five partner organisations, Age UK Oxfordshire, Independent Age, Manchester City Council, Royal Voluntary Service and Sense, and work alongside more than 2,500 supporters, all tackling loneliness in older age.
Our work is funded by the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, the Tudor Trust, the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation and the John Ellerman Foundation.
What we want to change
The Campaign to End Loneliness believes that nobody who wants company should be without it. We want to make this happen by ensuring that:
1. People most at risk of loneliness are reached and supported
2. Services and activities are more effective at addressing loneliness
3. A wider range of loneliness services and activities are developed