Date(s) - 05/10/2021
9:00 am - 12:30 pm


The Healthy Ageing through Innovation in Rural Europe (HAIRE) project aims to build more age-friendly communities by empowering older people. The project enables older people to define the support they need, allows them to participate in the design of services, and encourages the development of solutions to meet local needs.
In order to accomplish such project aspirations, sixteen volunteers have been recruited to the team and trained to undertake guided conversations. As a result, the volunteers conducted 76 Interviews with over 200 hours worth of conversations with older people in Rye, Robertsbridge, and surrounding villages, which revealed a vast amount about what it is like growing older in our local communities.
Four major themes have emerged that impact older people’s lives:
1. life changes and transitions,
2. loneliness and isolation,
3. staying active and
4. access to information and resources.
The next step is to further explore these themes with the help of local people aged 60 or over to identify solutions and actions to meet local needs. If any of this piqued your interest or know anyone who would like to take part, there are a number of upcoming events where you will have the chance to explore each theme individually! Our website has the registration form for each event or you may choose to sign up by telephone.
Staying Active
Bounce back from the pandemic – help us to create new ways to promote physical health for the 60 plus age group. Call Sue on 07783 847944.
• 21st September 10-1 pm at Robertsbridge Village Hall
• 11th October, 1.30-4.30pm at Rye Baptist Church
Reducing Loneliness
Most of us can feel lonely from time to time, perhaps particularly through the pandemic when being with friends and family has been more difficult. Share your ideas about how to make a difference locally. Call Sue on 07783 847944.
• 29th September, 1.30-4.30pm at Rye Creative Centre
• 12th October 10-1 pm at Rye Creative Centre (click through to registration to select 12th October date).
Coping with Change
Journey through life – what support, services and activities could be put in place to help plan for the future and respond to change? Call Annette on 07369 221256.
• 5th October 9-12.30pm at Robertsbridge Village Hall
Making Information Accessible
How can we improve the ways in which isolated people find out about (and benefit from) local support, services, and activities? Call Teresa on 07709 169227.
• 29th September 9-12.30pm at Rye Creative Centre
• 5th October, 1.30-5 pm at Robertsbridge Village Hall
Please don’t hesitate to contact Teresa via email at or on 07709 169227 with any general inquiries about the project.