READING is celebrating National Older People’s Day on Monday 9 October 2017 with a fun-filled afternoon of events at Rivermead Leisure Complex.
The annual free event celebrates the contribution of older people to our communities. The festivities kick off at 1pm with a welcome from the Mayor of Reading, Councillor Rose Williams, followed by a performance by Firtree Choir. This will be followed by a range of interactive activities throughout the day including guest speakers, song and dance, choirs, arts and crafts and discussion groups.
There will also be information and advice available from over 50 local organisations, blood pressure checks and taster activity sessions where attendees can try their hand at walking rugby, table tennis, and walking netball.
The focus of this year’s day is to promote good mental health and wellbeing in older people. Many of the presentations and services available will help people to find out more about how they can best live full and satisfying lives.
Mayor of Reading, Councillor Rose Williams said:
“I am pleased to be involved in this wonderful event to celebrate the contribution that older people make to our town. This is a chance for older people, as well as those reaching retirement age, and those with concerns about older parents and neighbours to learn more about what is on offer to keep you well later in life.”
Councillor Rachel Eden, Lead Councillor for Adult Social Care said:
“’Older people make a tremendous contribution to the local community. This brilliant event aims to celebrate these achievements and offer residents a chance to try a variety of fun and interesting activities, promoting a lively social life and continued fitness.”
A free shuttle bus will leave from bus stop FH in Friar Street, and then EL in Forbury Road from 12.15pm every 30 minutes to and from the event, with the last leaving Rivermead at 5pm. The Buzz 42 service also services Rivermead up to every 40 minutes via Minster Street (MP), St Mary’s Butts (CS), and Greyfriars Road.
Refreshments will be available courtesy of Tesco and Novotel Reading.
For more information on the event, visit: www.reading.gov.uk/OPDay, or ring 0118 937 2383.