Festival celebrates South Tyneside’s older people

Coun Mary Butler joins Age Concern UK's Older People's Festival organiser Victoria Dunn, right.
Coun Mary Butler joins Age Concern UK's Older People's Festival organiser Victoria Dunn, right.

Older people in South Tyneside are being urged to “do something different” this October.

Age UK has teamed up with groups, agencies and businesses which support the borough’s over-50s to offer more than 200 activities in a week.

Making new friends is the key to happiness

Coun Mary Butler

The week-long older people’s festival celebration will kick off on Older People’s Day with an information morning at Jarrow Community Centre, in Cambrian Street, from 10am until 1pm on Thursday, October 1.

The charity’s festival co-ordinator, Victoria Dunn said: “South Tyneside’s Older People’s Festival is an excellent opportunity to promote the importance of independence and social inclusion by providing those over 50 with inexpensive and original ideas for days out with friends and family – or even just the chance to spend an afternoon learning something new.”

Activities will run until Friday, October 9 and include day trips and social events.

Information on dates and times will be available in the charity’s booklet.

Coun Mary Butler, lead member for adult social care and support services, said: “One of the positive things about getting older is that people tend to have more free time, but it’s crucial to use that time wisely.

“Keeping busy and making new friendships is the key to happiness in older life, so I would encourage older people to come along to the festival and find out what’s on offer.”

For information, call Age UK South Tyneside on 456 6903, email info@ageuksouthtyneside.org.uk or visit www.ageuksouthtyneside.org.uk for more information.