Celebrate Older People’s Day 2014

Pamper days, a Wii Bowling tournament and a 1940s style afternoon tea are just some of ways residents can celebrate Older People’s Day this year.

The national event is designed to celebrate the contributions and achievements of older people and in East Sussex this year’s theme is Let’s Celebrate.

Events will run throughout September and October and a programme booklet is now available from libraries or for download.

Supported by East Sussex County Council (ESCC), many of the events have been organised by the county’s network of seniors’ forums as well as community groups and organisations such as Hope G (Hastings Older People’s Ethnic Group) and Age UK.

Kate Davies, chairman of the East Sussex Seniors Association, (ESSA), said: “We have worked hard to ensure there is something for everyone - you can have a go at something new, be pampered, have a laugh and enjoy tea, cakes, soups and lunches. You don’t have to be a member of an organisation or already involved in a local group; for many events you can just turn up. It’s a great opportunity to get involved and make some new friends.”

There are a variety of events on offer in the Hastings area include a taster day at The Friday Club, a health and wellbeing day with complimentary therapy taster sessions, a craft and hobby fair and a ping pong and Wii bowling tournament.

For the first time, one event will combine Older Peoples’ Day Black History Month. Untold Stories has been organised by the Black and Minority Ethnic Forum is a cross-generational event which will share untold stories and positive contributions of generations of East Sussex BME residents.

Cllr Bill Bentley, ESCC’s cabinet member for adult social care, said: “There are so many groups and activities out there for older people in East Sussex, and this national event gives those organisations a chance to showcase what’s on offer. With such a wide range of events, there is certainly going to be something for everyone to enjoy.”

A programme of events is available to pick up from local libraries or download from www.eastsussex.gov.uk/olderpeoplesday.

Older People’s Day is on October 1.