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A snapshot of International Day of Older Persons

7 October 2016

At the start of October, people across the world celebrated International Day of Older Persons. Over on the Big Lottery Fund Twitter account we were sharing some of the images of the huge array of activities that were taking place across England.

One group who were very active was our Ageing Better projects. Part of our strategic investments, we have invested £78 million to reduce social isolation, support a good quality of life in older age and promote the benefits of an ageing society.

Below, we go on a whistle-stop tour of England to check in with the projects to see what they got up to.

Down on the Isle of Wight, Age Friendly Island held their second annual ‘Celebrating Age Festival’. The residents spent a day rambling across the island along the River Yar, while Men in Sheds threw open their doors to visitors and Sandown Library delved in to the past with a Family History Drop-In. On Thursday, older people took part in the Celebrating Age Awards event to mark the contribution older people make to the Island.

Ageing Better Middlesborough

Ageing Better Middlesborough

Further north – 131 miles north to be precise – Bristol Ageing Better have revealed the secret to ageing well. Working with local older, the group have created ‘The Little Book of AWE – Ageing Well Everyday’ with tips and information on activities older people can do in Bristol that would boost their wellbeing.

In the capital, Ageing Better Camden are having double the celebration. International Day of Older Persons coincides with the 50th anniversary of Age UK Camden’s resource centre. Throughout October residents can visit a photo exhibition looking back over the last 50 years locally. There are also Get Active yoga and dance classes while the tech fans can try out some gadget clinics.

As part of the work in East Lindsey to combat loneliness and isolation, The T.E.D (Talk, Eat, Drink) in East Lindsey project held a ‘virtual crowd funding’ event to enable the local community to invest in the ideas they think will most benefit older people in the area.

Heading west to Sheffield, and a selfie booth with costumes and props was created by Age Better Sheffield to celebrate older people. Further west to Manchester and the Greater Manchester Centre for Voluntary Organisation have started to shape their work for local older people with the first meeting of their Equalities Board.

In Leeds, Time to Shine Leeds encouraged older LGBT people to come together and participate in a storytelling workshop and have a go at creative writing and storytelling. Meanwhile, following conversations with 200 older people across Leeds, Time to Shine have unveiled their Age-Friendly Charter which people and organisations across Leeds are encouraged to sign up to and take the pledge to make Leeds a better place to grow old in.

Time to Shine launch event 2016, Leeds’ Age-Friendly Charter

Time to Shine Leeds launch their Age-Friendly Charter

And further north again in Middlesbrough, Ageing Better Middlesbrough celebrated their first anniversary with afternoon tea with old acquaintances and new friends at the Dorman’s Museum.

This is just small snapshot of the great work being carried out by projects across the country. To see some more images of what our projects did during International Day of Older Persons, check out our Storify.

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