Tameside Council is celebrating the valuable contribution that older volunteers make with two events in support of National Older People’s Day.
The Golden Harvest events on Friday 5th October will hear stories about the invaluable role of older people in our communities.
Organised by the Council’s Public Health Team, they will highlight the vast range of hobbies, interests and skills that older people have and how these skills and interests can be of great help to others in Tameside.
And they’re encouraging older people to join in with volunteering, which can have significant physical and mental health benefits, increasing self-confidence, self-esteem, and a more positive outlook on life. Because you are doing something good for the community, you feel a sense of accomplishment and take pride in what you’ve done.
One older volunteer said: “Since I have been volunteering for a local charity I have made new friends but also don’t feel alone and lonely as I have people to help and talk to”.
The events take place at St Anne’s Church Hall, Burlington Street, Ashton, from 9.30am to 11.30am and Hyde Town Hall from 2.30pm to 4.30pm.
There will be information stalls, interactive sessions and a chance to have a cuppa and a chat with other volunteers and staff from different services.
Tameside Council Executive Leader Councillor Brenda Warrington said: “These two events will celebrate our amazing older people who volunteer and the valuable contribution they make to Tameside. There will also be information available to those considering volunteering as we’re encouraging as many people as possible to use their skills and experience to support others in the community, which can also help in making new connections and friends and have significant health benefits.”
The stalls include Age UK Tameside, The Anthony Seddon Fund, Active Tameside, Ambition for Ageing, The Together Centre @ Loxley, The Grafton Centre, Dementia support workers, The Admiral Nurses, Community Response Service, HealthWatch Tameside and Home Instead Senior Care.
National Older People’s Day is on 1st October but events are taking place throughout the month.
If you are over 50 years old and want to find out more please join us at one of the events. For more information please contact Angela Wild on 0161 342 3477 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you or your organisation would like to support Older People’s Day by holding an event, such as a coffee morning, big breakfast or afternoon tea, then please contact email@example.com.
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