A packed programme of events kicks off this month as celebrations for Older People’s Day return to East Sussex.
Every year, to coincide with the international celebration on October 1 of the positive role older people play in improving communities and the lives of local people, activities are held across the county during September and October.
Lots to chose from
This year’s programme features more than 100 events including health walks, film screenings, lifestyle and information events, coffee mornings, history talks, arts and crafts and day trips, while leisure centres across the county are offering older people the chance to try a variety of sports including aqua aerobics, pilates, walking football and netball and badminton.
The programme is supported by East Sussex County Council, East Sussex Seniors’ Association and the NHS, in partnership with leisure centres, local councils, charities, community and voluntary organisations.
Kate Davies, from East Sussex Seniors’ Association, said: “Once again there is a really varied programme of events and activities taking place across the county – many of which are free to try. Whether you attend on your own or with a friend or family member, the activities offer a great opportunity to meet new people and try something new – perhaps something that you might want to do regularly.”
Events taking place this year include a ‘Good Life Show’ featuring a variety of stalls in Eastbourne, while older people will get the chance to have a go at taster sessions of yoga and Tai Chi in Hastings on a Health and Well-being Day. There’s a ‘Saturday Social’ in Uckfield and various activities at The Keep archive centre, in Moulsecoomb.
Cllr Carl Maynard, East Sussex County Council lead member for adult social care, said: “We’re very pleased to once again support a series of events which promote an active and healthy lifestyle and which recognise the valuable role older people play in our communities.”
People can download the full programme online or pick up a copy from local libraries, leisure centres or council offices, as well as from community and voluntary organisations. It includes details of how to book places and costs where applicable, information on how to get to the venue and details of any catering provided. It is available here www.eastsussex.gov.uk/olderpeoplesday
Examples of events taking place across the county include:
Lewes, Havens and Brighton area
- Events at The Keep archive centre in Moulsecoomb, including an open day and guided tour of the building;
- ‘Autumn Glory’ Meridian Mature Citizens Forum coach trip to Battle leaving from Newhaven and Peacehaven;
- Quiz sessions using Skype technology in Lewes and Seaford;
- Q&A session on planning for care in later life in Peacehaven;
- Memory Choir event in Lewes.
- Good Life Show at The View Hotel with stalls covering health, hobbies, legal issues, future care, leisure and learning;
- Sport Eastbourne Older People’s Celebration at Shinewater Sports and Community Centre, with sports including walking football and netball, badminton and table tennis;
- A double matinee film screening of My Fair Lady and What We Did On Our Holiday at The Venton Centre.
- Health and wellbeing day at the Marina Pavilion, including taster sessions in yoga, tai chi and pilates;
- Celebratory Cabaret at St John the Evangelist Hall
- An LGBTQ Healthy Living Club celebration event at The Robsack Centre.
- A Trip Down Memory Lane event of reminiscing, storytelling and poetry at Bexhill Caring Community;
- Arts and Crafts activities at Saxonwood Care Home, Battle;
- Rye Healthy Living Club celebration event;
- Rother Seniors’ Forum trip to see the Killer Queen show in Brighton and;
- A tour of the De La Warr Pavilion.
- Saturday Social event at the Victoria Pavilion, in Uckfield;
- film screening of Singing In The Rain at Ninfield Memorial Hall;
- Quiz with afternoon tea at Woodlands Care Home, Crowborough;
- Songs and afternoon tea at Heathfield Community Centre;
- Polegate Healthy Living Club celebration at Polegate Community Centre.