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Older People's Day 2021 - Reading Older People Looking Forward to the Future

Reading will be celebrating National Older People's Day on Friday October 1 with a free fun packed event at Broad Street Mall, 10am until 3pm, highlighting the contribution older people make to the Reading community.

Older People’s Day coincides with the UN International Day of Older Persons. The main aim for the day is to be a celebration of the achievements and contributions that older people make to our society and the economy. Older People’s Day supports the campaign to challenge negative attitudes and outdated stereotypes, the theme for 2021 is ‘looking forward to the future’.

Reading is a vibrant town with a rich array of local services that support residents, come along and find out how they can help you; Tuvida Carers Hub, Citizens Advice Reading, MacMillan Cancer Education, Compass Recovery College, Age UK Berkshire, Age UK Reading to name but a few. Royal Berkshire Hospital will also be offering free blood pressure checks on the day.

The programme will include:

10am Event starts

10:30am Origami

12pm Dance Reading

1:30pm Tai Chi taster session

2:15pm Physiotherapy exercise sessions

There will be stalls offering information and advice on a wide variety of services from over 30 local organisations. At 11am join a relaxed hour-long guided history walk around Reading Abbey Ruins, weather permitting. Places on the walk can be booked by emailing Reading Museum museum.education@reading.gov.uk

We have all faced many challenges over the last 18 months and COVID has led to increased loneliness and isolation for older people. This year’s National Older People’s Day event is to demonstrate the resilience of older people in our community and the great work of voluntary organisations and community groups who have supported older people during difficult times.

You can download and share a copy of the flyer here.

In addition to the main event at Broad Street Mall, video featuring local services will be available to watch from 1st October on the ReadingCultureLive website:

https://www.readingculturelive.co.uk/ 

A booklet transcript of the content of the video can requested

For more information, please email opwg@reading.gov.uk or call 07811 026070