Hackney s 15th annual Festival for Older People

FROM seaside trips and free cinema matinees, to strawberry picking and dancing, there’s something for all of Hackney’s over-50s in the 15th annual Festival for Older People.

Throughout June and July, ending with a finale event on 6 August, there are 30 events and activities planned including bingo, day trips to Brighton, Southend-on-Sea, Eastbourne, Clacton-on-Sea, and Hastings, a Hackney Empire talent contest, and a street party.

The festival is launched on 18 June at King s Hall Leisure Centre, in Lower Clapton Road, at 12.00 noon and 3pm.

There will be the launching of a new Prevention and Wellbeing plan to help older people stay healthy and independent, music, and visitors can also find out more about services for older residents, healthy eating, day centres, and information about diabetes.

There is also a tea dance scheduled, following on from a tremendously popular event held at King’s Hall Leisure Centre in April, as well as exercise activities at the Britannia, Clissold and King s Hall leisure centres, and the Queensbridge Sports and Community Centre.

Free film screenings will also be taking place at two venues in the borough, the Community Resource Team Hall, in Stoke Newington, and the Rio Cinema in Dalston.

Hackney’s 15th annual Festival for Older People is rounded off with a with a big finale event featuring an afternoon of singing dancing for all.

Cllr Nargis Khan, Cabinet Member for Community Services, said: “The festival forms part of our commitment to making Hackney a great place to grow old and to enabling older residents to live independent lives, free from isolation and exclusion. This year’s programme is full of activities, events and daytrips to suit a wide range of interests and I would encourage residents to take part in as many as possible. Not only can you have fun, keep active and learn new skills, many previous participants have commented on the good friends they have made as a result of taking part.”

Booking ahead is necessary for most events, and a brochure outlining all the activities and how to take part is available - for more information, contact the Community Resource Team on 020 7275 7092.