Wiltshire Council is joining the international Older People’s Day celebrations by championing the achievements and contributions older people make to our society.
The council is inviting senior citizens from across Wiltshire to a free fun day to enjoy traditional sing-a-long songs, a tea dance and a series of events allowing people to drop in or stay all day.
The invitation includes lunch and afternoon tea and the opportunity to speak to representatives from a number of charities and organisations hosting exhibition stands at the event.
Wiltshire Council leader Jane Scott will welcome everyone to The Atrium at County Hall on Saturday 4 October before Melksham Pearlies lead the singing of old favourite songs with the added fun of props and colourful costumes.
LinkAge will be inviting people to try Tai-Chi and Line Dancing before the Pearlies host a London Quiz and Word Search over lunch.
The afternoon’s activities kick off with New Age Curling and Boccia before the Sing and Smile Club conduct more singing and the activities are stepped up with a tea dance with cake and drinks.
UK Older People’s Day is on 1 October to coincide with the UN International Day of Older Persons.
The Wiltshire Council Older People’s Day event on 4 October begins at 10.15am and runs until 3.30pm.
Healthwatch Wiltshire, Wiltshire Citizens Advice, the Independent Living Centre and Victim Support will be among the organisations with exhibition stands at the event and Trowbridge Library will be running ebook workshops.
People can register to attend by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or turn up on the day.
Council leader Jane Scott said: “I hope senior citizens across Wiltshire will come out, meet new people and try different activities. The event is a fun day for older people with a serious message for our communities.
“This is an opportunity for Wiltshire Council to celebrate their contribution to society and support the move to change attitudes to older people.”
Corporate director Maggie Rae said: “Wiltshire Council is delighted to support Older People’s Day. We actively support moves to improve health and wellbeing and this event has attracted a host of charities and organisations to County Hall who focus on the needs of the elderly. It promises to be a really enjoyable day.”
Brian Warwick, Wiltshire Council’s older people’s champion and chair of the South West Network of Senior Forums which is the largest in the UK with 55,000 members, said:
“Older People’s Day is a special day for senior citizens in Wiltshire and across the world. It is important we highlight their valued contribution to society and promote the part older people play throughout their lives.
“With an ageing society these type of events will raise public awareness while providing an opportunity for our senior citizens in our communities to come together for a fun day to celebrate their lives.”