Council’s Fun Packed Full of Life Event Celebrates Older People’s Day

READING will be celebrating National Older People’s Day this October with a free fun packed afternoon event highlighting the contribution older people make to the Reading community.

The free event at Rivermead Leisure Centre runs from 1.30 to 4.30pm on Friday 14th October, with free parking available and light refreshments provided.

The Mayor of Reading and Cllr Rachel Eden, Reading’s Lead Member for Adult Social Care, will introduce the afternoon’s activities. This will be followed by a plethora of entertainment including; choir performances, guest speakers and music, as well as stalls offering information on a wide variety of local services.

A series of activities and events for older people are also taking place across the borough between 3rd to 7th October at various locations.

Lead Councillor for Adult Social Care, Rachel Eden said: “Older People’s Day is a lovely chance to celebrate later life and the huge contribution older people make to our communities. This wonderful free event aims to celebrate these achievements and I’d encourage people to come along and join us on 14th October.

“There is also a great variety of group events to look forward to between 3rd and 7th October with the opportunity to try a variety of interesting activities – ranging from dancing, singing and socials, to bowls, bridge and bingo – at venues across the town, promoting a lively social life and continued fitness in later life.”

The event is organised by local organisations in partnership with the council and members of the Older Persons Working Group. For more information call 0118 937 2383 or email

If people are interested in volunteering at the event, please contact the Reading Voluntary Action on 01189 37 2273 or register online at:

For more information on the event, visit:


Notes for Editors:

UK Older People’s Day is on 1st October every year to coincide with the UN International Day of Older Persons. The main aim for the day is to be a celebration of the achievements and contributions that older people make to our society and the economy. Older People’s Day supports the campaign to challenge negative attitudes and outdated stereotypes.

Activities for older people during the week (3rd -7th October):

  • 50+ Games and Social Club: Monday 3rd October, 9 am to 3 pm at South Reading Youth & Community Centre (£2 charge which includes lunch) – contact Claire McEnoy on 07496154842;
  • Hibernian Society: Lunch and Bingo, Monday 3rd October, 12 noon at The Reading Irish Centre (£4 charge) – contact Anne Morris on 0118 942 6932;
  • Alzheimer’s Society Singing for the Brain: Tuesday 4th October, 10:30 – 12 noon at Kennet Valley Free Church, Calcot – contact Jocelyn on 0118 959 6482;
  • Firtree Activities: Tuesday 4th October, from 10:45 am onwards at Mormon Church, Meadway – contact Colin Ferguson on 0118 948 2557;
  • Alzheimer’s Society Greyfrairs Activities Group: Wednesday 5th October, 10:30 am – 12:30 pm at Greyfriars Church, Friar Street – contact Jocelyn on 0118 959 6482;
  • Firtree – Movement to Music: Wednesday 5th October, 10 am at YMCA, 34 Parkside Road – contact Colin Ferguson on 0118 948 2557;
  • Firtree – Bowls: Thursday 6th October, 10 am at Prospect Park, Liebenrood Road contact Colin Ferguson on 0118 948 2557;
  • Firtree – Sequence Dancing: Thursday 6th October 2016, 2 pm at Mormon Church, Meadway – Colin Ferguson on 0118 948 2557;
  • Alzheimer’s Society Singing for the Brain – Emmer Green: Friday 7th October, 10:30 am – 12 noon at St Barnabas Church Hall – contact Jocelyn on 0118 959 6482;
  • Friday Friends: Friday 7th October, 2 – 4.30 pm at St Catherine’s Church & Centre, Tilehurst (£3.50 charge which includes refreshments) – contact Rev Denis Smith on 0118 942 7786;
  • Holybrook Community Arts & Craft Café: Friday 7th October, 2 – 4.30 pm at HolybrookCommunity Centre, Calcot (£.2.50 charge) – email Lorna Webber at

Information stalls at Rivermead on 14th October, include:
– Reading Crossroads
– Reading & West Berkshire Carers Hub
– Oak Tree House / Catalyst Housing Limited
– Age UK Reading
– Age UK Berkshire
– Wellbeing Team Reading Borough Council
– Royal Berkshire Fire Rescue Service
– Alzheimer’s Society
– Thames Valley Pensioners Convention
– Healthwatch Reading


Victoria Nickless

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