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Week of activities planned to celebrate older people in East Surrey
1:18pm Monday 2nd September 2013 in Local News
Reigate and Banstead Borough Council has gone one step further to mark National Older People's Day next month - and created a week of activities for older residents.
The council's Ageing Well week, organised with local leisure and community centres, will run from Monday, September 30, to Sunday, October 6.
The activities will include technology sessions, afternoon teas, sports, walks and art classes.
A council spokeswoman said: “Ageing Well week has been designed to offer a diverse range of events to ensure there will be something for everyone to get involved in.”
Ros Mill, borough council executive member for communities, said: “As a council, we are committed to providing the support our older residents need, so they can continue to live happy, active and independent lives for longer.”
Coun Mill said: “Ageing Well week is a celebration of all there is on offer for older people in the borough.
“There will be computer sessions, art taster classes, beginners' baking, table tennis and much more.
“The week’s activities would not have been possible without a great deal of help and support from our partners, so a big thank you to them.”
Helen Dredge, Ageing Well coordinator, said: “Everyone is welcome – whether you’re on your own or want to come along and watch before getting involved.”
She said: “There’s so much happening all over the borough. There’ll be things to do in Reigate, Banstead, Horley and Redhill, so wherever you live, there’ll be an activity for you.
“The activities and sessions are meant to give people a taste of what’s on offer. “Should you be inspired by your chosen class, then you can speak to the instructor and find out how to continue after the week has finished.” National Older People's Day, coinciding with the United Nations International Day of Older Persons, will be on Tuesday, October 1, and will be marked by a special day of activities in Priory Park, Reigate.
Between 10am and 2pm, the park will be busy with representatives from sports clubs and local community groups. Instructors will be available to talk to participants about the activities on offer.
For the full programme detailing activities and timings day by day, visit the website at: www.reigate-banstead.gov.uk/ageingwell Older People's Day is to be a national celebration of the achievements and contributions that older people make to society and to the economy. For more information, visit the website: www.olderpeoplesday.co.uk