THE VALUABLE contribution that older people make to society was celebrated at events across Tameside.
Tameside Council’s Public Health Team organised two Golden Harvest events on 5th October in support of National Older People’s Day.
They took place at St Anne’s Church Hall, Ashton, and Hyde Town Hall, featuring information stalls, interactive sessions and a chance to have a cuppa and a chat.
The events celebrated older volunteers, highlighting the vast range of hobbies, interests and skills that older people have and how these can be of great help to others. And they encouraged 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.
In Ashton, children from Our Lady of Mount Carmel RC School, Ashton, visited the event to support older people and charities. The school appoints pupils as Caritas Ambassadors to make a difference in the school and local community and they attended to find out more about the charities involved and what they can do to help.
In Hyde, visitors took part in a quiz on ageing well and enjoyed chatting to charity stallholders over tea and cake.
Tameside Council Executive Leader Councillor Brenda Warrington said: “I’m delighted that these events were well supported to celebrate the valuable contribution that our older people make to Tameside. Volunteering is a great way to use your skills and experience to support others and can have significant health benefits and help make new connections.”
National Older People’s Day is on 1st October but events, supported by the Public Health Team, are taking place throughout the month.
Age UK Tameside held an event featuring activities and taster sessions at Ladysmith Shopping Centre, Ashton, on the day.
Other events to come include live music at St John Fisher Catholic Church, Mancunian Road, Haughton Green, Denton, on Saturday, 13 October, from 1 to 4pm. To book a place call Ruth on 0161 339 2345.
St Mary’s Friendship Group is holding a free afternoon movie and refreshments on Tuesday, 23 October, at 1.15pm, at St Mary’s Community Hall, Talbot Road, Newton, Hyde. Contact Sheila Renny on 01457 513 583 for more information.
And Bradley Green Community Centre, 17 Hough Lane, Newton, Hyde, is hosting a Dementia Friend session, where you can become a Dementia Friend, on Thursday, 25 October from 10.30am to 12noon. Call Ruth at Ambition for Ageing on 0161 339 2345.
If you are over 50 years old and want to find out more please contact Angela Wild on 0161 342 3477 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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