Groups join push to bring activities to the elderly

Cllr Bill Bentley, East Sussex County Council lead member for adult social care SUS-151108-155243001
Cllr Bill Bentley, East Sussex County Council lead member for adult social care SUS-151108-155243001

Older people in Eastbourne are invited to try something new with a range of activities starting next month.

In all more than 80 different activites have been organised by groups across the county as part of a programme to support older people .

Eastbourne will host a range of activites including a fitness club open day at Eastbourne Borough FC, a Good Life lifestyle event at the Winter Gardens, a games day and a Life Story workshop linking in with Black History Month at the Towner gallery.

Elsewhere a Fit For Life event will be held at the Downs Leisure Centre in Seaford, while a tea party at the new Bentley Grange extra care scheme, in Hailsham.

The programme is supported by East Sussex County Council and East Sussex Seniors’ Association and will run throughout September and October.Kate Davies, chair of the East Sussex Seniors’ Association, said, “This is the eighth year of running a programme of events to mark Older People’s Day, and every year it gets bigger and better.

“The variety of activities on offer means that there should be something to suit all tastes and people will have the chance to try something new, get involved and meet new people.”

The activities have been organised by seniors’ forums, the voluntary sector, community groups and housing providers across the county.

Cllr Bill Bentley, East Sussex County Council lead member for adult social care, said, “This programme is a great way to showcase the breadth of activities on offer in East Sussex.

“People may find an activity or group they want to join on an ongoing basis, offering regular activity and new friendships, with all the benefits for health and wellbeing that can bring.”

For more infomation a booklet featuring the full programme of events is available from libraries across East Sussex or online at www.eastsussex.gov.uk/olderpeoplesday or by calling 01273 481565.

The booklet includes details of all events and contact details for people to book places, where necessary. There are also details of how to get to the venue and transport arrangements.

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