An exciting free event was hosted at the Spire on 12 October to celebrate the United Nations International Day of Older Persons, and to increase awareness about local community groups and activities that older people can join in Poole.
Over 110 people attended and enjoyed a showcasing of demonstrations, talks, information displays and afternoon teas. Demonstrations included Line Dancing; Neighbourhood Watch; Branksome Centre & Chi Kung; Women’s Guild; Poole Ukulele Pluckers and Strummers; Younger 4 Longer and Councillor Jane Newell provided insight into the activities of the Dementia Friendly Action Group.
There were also stands from Branksome Centre, Dorset Care Record, Hope In the Community (HITC), Parkstone Art Group, Poole Lions, Poole Ukulele Pluckers and Strummers (PUPS), Red Cross, Poole Healthy Walks, Sporting Memories, Prama Care, Neighbourhood Watch, Poole Over 55s (PO55), University of the Third Age (U3A), Poole Mens Sheds, Women’s Guild, Yoga with Sheena Bailey and Poole Volunteer Centre.
Feedback from attendees showed that most planned to follow up with a group/activity; 20 signed up to become members of PO55 and many were keen to see more events like this. One attendee commented: “We need more of these events for confidence boosting and morale for older folk!”
The afternoon event was organised in partnership by Poole Over 55s Forum, Borough of Poole, Poole Wellbeing Collaborative and was kindly funded by Bournemouth University.