A former teacher and charity worker from the North East of England, I love people and places and like to try out new experiences wherever possible. Capturing that 'perfect pic' is all part of the pleasure. Access issues are a particular interest.
You're Never to Old to Try Something New
The Older People's Festival is a UK nationwide event that is held during the month of October to coincide with the UN International Day of Older Persons celebrations on 1st October each year.
The festival aims to celebrate senior citizens and encourage an active lifestyle, helping to engage people aged over 50 in interesting and entertaining activities in order to overcome the loneliness and isolation often experienced by older people. By bringing like minded people together in social activities that are enjoyable, informative and fun, the festival encourages social inclusion and promotes health and wellbeing, so that age should not be a barrier to making the most of your later years.
Throughout the month you will find events and activities geared towards the over 50s in many towns and cities in the UK with leading charities such as Age UK and local authorities providing a range of low cost and often FREE activities and taster sessions to encourage people to get out of the house and 'give it a go'.
Activities could include art, ten-pin bowling, swimming, craftwork, I.T. sessions, cinema or theatre going, cookery, trips down memory lane with your local history group or excursions and outings, to name just a few.
So wherever you live in the UK, take a look at your local library, newspaper, community centre or Age UK branch to see what's available?
And in Hounslow, a full blown celebration is already under way.
In South Tyneside, which is my neck of the woods, the month long festival is now in its ninth year and a range of events and activities are planned in conjunction with various local partners. Here's a few to get us started.
OLDER PEOPLE'S DAY
Tuesday 1 Oct 10am-1pm Age Uk South Tyneside are holding an Open Day at Temple Park Leisure Centre, South Shields, so if you fancy finding out more, trying a little taster session in a new activity or discover how you can participate, why not pop along?
The Age UK South Tyneside PROGRAMME GUIDE lists all activities in South Tyneside from1st - 31st October 2013 and is available to download.
Age UK Beach Road. Tour the BBC studios,
South Shields The Big Knit and more
call 0191 456 6903
Custom's House For afternoon and evening shows and Lunchtime Liaisons sessions. Call 0191 4541234
Tyne & Wear Museums
Try a traditional skill at Beamish Museum. Friday 11th October. Cost £10 contact Age Uk South Shields 0191 456 6903
South Tyneside Libraries Central and branch libraries throughout the borough Activities include: Mat making, cookery contests, ukelele taster sessions, I.T. tasters, historical talks and more. Central library 0191 4247864
The Dunes South Shields Ten-pin bowling
The South Tyneside Branch of Age UK has also produced a booklet which you can get at their Beach Road branch in South Shields branch, open day and many other venues
ring 0191 456 6903.
So what are you waiting for?
The Older People's Festival is celebrated in many towns and cities in the UK but it also takes many forms so it's worth checking out what's going on in your area.