Next week sees the first of three free events that are being held to give people aged 60 and over more information and advice about the support, services and activities on offer to them locally. All are aimed at improving their lives and helping them stay fit, healthy and independent, and connected to their community.
The first Golden Age Fair is being held on Friday, March 23 from 1pm – 4.30pm at Sizewell Sports and Social Club, and is being organised by the Rural Coffee Caravan Information Project with support from the Suffolk Coastal Local Strategic Partnership.
“This is an excellent opportunity for our older residents to find out more about the things that matter particularly to them, with people on hand from around 25 organisations to talk through a whole range of issues,” said Dr Jep Ronoh, Suffolk Coastal Local Strategic Partnership Board member and Chair of the Healthier Lives for All working group.
“There will be specific help and advice on health and care issues such as fitness, hearing and sight problems, mental health, and dementia, as well as benefits advice, or on how to make homes warmer and cutting fuel bills, as well as information about stimulating arts, social or educational activities.
“The over 60s are an increasing proportion of our population and they are helping to end the traditional stereotype of senior citizens being frail and vulnerable. For many of them, it is a golden age, a chance for them to enjoy their free time, and there are lots of activities on offer to them locally. This event will give them help and advice they might find useful in supporting them to enjoy a busy, healthy and independent life,” added Dr Ronoh.
The Golden Age fairs are the deluxe version of the Rural Coffee Caravan which visits villages across the county on a regular basis. To find out more visit www.ruralcoffeecaravan.org.uk or call 01379 855338.
There are two further fairs planned this year for the district with the next one lined up for Friday, August 10 from 12-4pm at Wickham Market Village Hall and the third one for Wednesday, September 26 in Felixstowe at the Trades and Labour club from 12-4pm.