Festival celebrates contribution of older people

October 01 2019
Festival celebrates contribution of older people

FISHPONDS will take part in a festival aimed at challenging stereotypes and recognising the contribution made by older people in Bristol.

The Celebrating Age Festival (CAF) launched on October 1 - the same day as the International Day of Older Persons - and will continue to the end of the month.

It is hosted by Age UK Bristol with support from Bristol Ageing Better, St Monica Trust, LinkAge Network and Active Ageing Bristol and enables people to try new crafts, make new friends and share experiences.

Throughout the month, there will be a variety of taster activities, open days and events for people of all ages to get involved in, most completely of charge.

In Fishponds, on October 3 and 31, a FAB (Friends Ageing Better) Cafe will be held at the Kingfisher Cafe in Straits Parade for people over 50.

The free event, which takes place from 10.30am-12pm, offers a chance for people to meet with their neighbours and catch up on what is happening in the area. It is aimed at helping people build relationships with like-minded people who live locally.

Other nearby events include walking rugby sessions at Kingswood RFC in Grimsbury Road, BS15 9RA, on October 2, 3, 9, 16, 17, 23, 24 and 30 from 6.30-8pm, with the bar open afterwards.

Walking rugby involves no running, tackling or kicking and no experience is necessary. People should wear suitable footwear for grass. It is free to try with further sessions costing £2/£3.

Retired or semi-retired men will be able to visit Probus Longwell Green on October 16 from 10am-12pm. The session takes place at Longwell Green Community Centre, Shellards Road, BS30 9DU and costs £1.50.

Mark Baker, co-chief executive of Age UK Bristol said: Our CAF partners have all contributed so much time and effort into making this year’s festival a success, we’re all looking forward to welcoming the community to these events and celebrating everyone’s hard work.”

Angelina Shoemake, St Monica Trust community giving manager, said: “We have been delighted to provide funds for older people's groups across Bristol, to assist them in putting on activities during the festival and showcasing the fantastic range of activities available in the city.”

The festival launched with an opening event on Tuesday October 1 at The Station near Bristol city centre where a variety of groups and organisations ran stalls and offered free refreshments.

Age UK Bristol is an independent local charity working to improve the lives of older people in Bristol by offering a range of services including housing support, foot care, information and advice and befriending services.

You can download the Celebrating Age Festival programme on the Age UK Bristol website.