Hackney s 16th annual Festival for Older People

FROM seaside and bingo trips and free cinema matinees, a view over the Olympic Park, dancing, and a quiz, there’s something for all of Hackney’s over-50s in the 16th annual Festival for Older People, starting on 21 June.

Throughout June and July there are lots of events and activities planned including an ever-popular tea dance booked at Stoke Newington Town Hall, following on from tremendously popular events held earlier this year and last year.

There s also reggae and Soca dancing, and a showcase of Bhangra dance classes, also being held at Stoke Newington Town Hall.

To mark National Falls Awareness Week (21-25 June), older residents are being invited to an even being held at the John Scott Health Centre, Green Lanes, to find out more about reducing the risks of falling and exercise opportunities, as well as participating in a fall prevention exercise session.

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.

Cllr Jonathan McShane, Cabinet Member for Community Services, said: “Hackney Council is committed to ensuring older residents can lead healthy, independent lives, and the festival is a good opportunity to find out more about the range of exercise and leisure activities available in the borough.”

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.