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Chelford Tenants & Residents Association's (CTARA) event "Older & Bolder" held at Saint Michael's Church, Macclesfield recently was a great success. The event was opened by the Mayor of Macclesfield Councillor Alift Harewood Jones and her consort Peter Harewood Jones.

Nigel Jehan, Vice Chair of CTARA explained; "We held our first ever Older & Bolder event last year, and wanted to repeat this as we had received so much positive feedback. We designed the event to offer advice, support and information on services available for older persons, their families and carers. This year's event exceeded our expectations and was held in the beautiful setting of Saint Michaels's Church."

Visitors were welcomed outside by the Cooperative's beautiful horse and carriage, and for a short while by Cheshire Fire & Rescue Service, who unfortunately had to leave due to "a shout".
Indoors there were a wide range of exhibitors including CTARA, which received the Queens Award for Voluntary Service last year for its work in reducing social isolation and loneliness and creating vibrant communities. David Kent, Secretary of CTARA said "The ethos of our Association is not just about looking after our own group or community but to extend this to helping others. For example CTARA held a Macmillan Big Coffee Morning recently which raised £360 for the cause. We also help Silk Life Foodbank in Macclesfield, East Cheshire Hospice and others. Today's event was a way our Association could help a wider range of persons"

Exhibitors included Help4Tenants, Keith Park Solicitors, Cooperative Funeral Care, Home Instead Senior Care, Roy McCarthy Travel and LifeLinks who kindly helped sponsor the event, and enabled it to take place. The event was also a great showplace for other voluntary organisations who attended, including Macclesfield Eye Society, Age UK, Living Well Dying Well, Cheshire East Community Development, Cheshire Wildlife Trust, Cheshire Area coordinators, Healthwatch, Activity in Retirement Macclesfield, Mary Sunley Canal Boat Trust, CVS, Institute of Advanced Motorists and Cheshire & Warrington Carers. For the first time "The Campaign to End Loneliness" a national charity, also had a presence, this charity's purpose is to raise awareness in loneliness in older people, which has been cited as the "hidden killer" in older persons.

A representative said; "The Older & Bolder event enabled us to spread the message about our Campaign and the devastating effects that loneliness can have on people's lives. Loneliness can be as bad to your health as smoking 15 cigarettes a day, and is responsible for earlier onset of other health problems including dementia and depression. We were pleased to be invited and able to take part in this local event"

Another feature was for CTARA to publicise their new Dementia Friends Information Sessions, which are available free of charge to individuals, organisations and businesses to help Cheshire East become a more Dementia Friendly Community. For details on Dementia Friends please contact CTARA's Secretary David Kent on 10625 861038 or mikeanddavid@tesco.net.
It is hoped to hold another Older & Bolder next year.

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