Celebrating older people – Shropshire Festival of Ageing on 15 October 2019
Shropshire Council and partner organisations are inviting people to celebrate older people as part of their Shropshire Festival of Ageing event on Tuesday 15 October 2019.
This free one-day event, set to take place from 9am until 4pm at Shrewsbury Town Football Club, is open to everyone and will include inspirational and internationally renowned speakers who will explain the science of ageing, as well as the latest thinking on what keeps people well. There will also be taster sessions of local activities for participants to try; local activities that are known to be good for people’s wellbeing.
An aspiration of the day is that people feel they have been able to take part in something that interests them from art and singing to walking football and yoga. It is also hoped that the day increases recognition of the valuable role older people play in communities, as well as improved understanding about what keeps people well as they age.
There will be a number of information stands highlighting different activities and voluntary and community sector support in our communities. There will be time at the beginning of the day and at lunch to browse the stands, as well as provide thoughts on local services.
Councillor Dean Carroll, Shropshire Council’s Cabinet member for adult social care, public health and climate change, said: “This event offers people an excellent opportunity to get together and learn about the science of ageing and take part in different activities that keep us well, whatever our age. I’m delighted that this event is taking place in Shropshire and really encourage people to come along and see what it’s all about.”
Heather Osborne, Chief Executive of Age UK Shropshire Telford & Wrekin, said: “We’re really pleased to be supporting this event and hope that people are able to come and enjoy the day. On the day we will hear from inspirational people who are keeping active and showing us that older people make a fantastic contribution to our communities. We are really looking forward to the day.”
How to book
To book, people can complete the EventBrite booking form which can be found here; shropshire.gov.uk/festivalofageing
Those who prefer to book by telephone can do so by calling the council on: 0345 678 9077
This is a Shropshire Council number where your details will need to be taken to book you on to the event. This information will be stored securely on the council system, and only used for the purpose of booking you on to this event.
How to get there
There will be a complementary bus service from Shrewsbury Railway Station and Shrewsbury Bus Station to Shrewsbury Town Football Club on the morning of the event, courtesy of Shrewsbury Dial-a-Ride.
One bus will leave the train station at 8.45am and the other at 9.30am. Return journeys will be dependent on return train times.