Celebrating Age Festival to be held at M Shed on 27th September

The Celebrating Age Festival is being held at M Shed this year with a whole host of stands, activities and music. This year’s theme is ‘Bristol Ageing Better’ – the motto of the city’s bid to get six million pounds from the Lottery for projects working to minimise loneliness and isolation.

Mark Baker, CEO of Age UK Bristol and the Chair of the Festival said: “Being 55 and over can be a great time in people’s lives. The Festival launch’s will be the start of two weeks of community based activities going on across the neighbourhoods and a brochure listing all the events is available from local libraries.

The festival aims to show what assists older people can be to the community and that growing older offers opportunities to take part in the community and break down barriers and stereotypes of older age.

There will be the ‘Super Citizens’ awards to Bristollians over 55 who have shown what can be achieved in later life. There are five awards: Sports, Carer, Bravery, Challenge, Making a Difference and nomination forms can be obtained from Shelley Hankins, Services Manager Age UK Bristol, Tel: 0117 9297537.

The Celebrating Age Festival (CAF) was first set up in 2008 in response to the Bristol Older People’s Strategy. Its vision is to:

  • Recognise the positive value of older people and combat age discrimination
  • Place older people at the centre of thinking and planning of services
  • Actively promote independence and well being rather than just being reactive

The Festival is being managed this year by Age UK Bristol with the help of a working group of older people, and is supported by Bristol City Council. Bristol Aging Better (BAB) is a partnership of individuals and organisations working together to reduce isolation and loneliness amongst older people in Bristol.

The Festival Project Manager and person to contact with enquiries is Shelley Hankins on shelleyhankins@ageukbristol.org.uk or call 0117 929 7537

For more information about Celebrating Age Festival visit http://celebratingage.org.uk/

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