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Older people’s day set for September date

SH 200714 Tea Party for older people at Upper Beeding Baptist Church, new group to combat social isolation. Photo by Derek Martin SUS-141108-125822001

SH 200714 Tea Party for older people at Upper Beeding Baptist Church, new group to combat social isolation. Photo by Derek Martin SUS-141108-125822001

Pamper days, a Wii Bowling tournament and a 1940s style afternoon tea are just some of ways residents can celebrate Older People’s Day, 2014.

The national event is designed to celebrate the contributions and achievements of older people and in East Sussex this year’s theme is Let’s Celebrate.

Events will run throughout September and October and a programme booklet is now available from libraries or for download.

Supported by East Sussex County Council, many of the events have been organised by the county’s network of Seniors’ Forums as well as community groups and local organisations such as Hope G (Hastings Older People’s Ethnic Group) and Age UK.

Kate Davies, chair of the East Sussex Seniors Association, (ESSA), said, “We have worked hard to ensure there is something for everyone - you can have a go at something new, be pampered, have a laugh and enjoy tea, cakes, soups and lunches.

“You don’t have to be a member of an organisation or already involved in a local group; for many events you can just turn up. It’s a great opportunity to get involved and make some new friends.”

There are a variety of events on offer in the Eastbourne area including an afternoon of free manicures, reflexology, Indian head massage and yoga, a lifestyle event with stalls covering a range of interests and services and an afternoon of games including Boccia, giant scrabble, mini snooker and a quiz.

For the first time, one event will combine Older Peoples’ Day Black History Month. ‘Untold Stories’ has been organised by The Black and Minority Ethnic Forum is a cross-generational event which will share untold stories and positive contributions of generations of East Sussex BME residents.

“We are delighted to, once agbe supporting these events,” added Cllr Bill Bentley.

 

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