Useful winter advice for elderly at event

Elderly people can get information about what help is at hand this winter at an event in Ponteland on Saturday.

The Winter Warmer will give those who come along a chance to speak with representatives from various organisations and initiatives. Soup and tea or coffee will be served.

The free event is being organised by Ageing Well in Ponteland, which aims to involve older people in their community and help to keep them active, connected and well.

It came together in partnership with the Ponteland Community Partnership and Ponteland Town Council to find the funding for the weekly hopper bus for people who do not have transport and do not live close to a bus stop.

It has already organised two successful Step into Spring events – 150 people attended the one in May this year.

Coun Veronica Jones, one of the key members of Ponteland Ageing Well, said: “This is the first time we have done this kind of event and hopefully people will come along to get useful information for the winter such as help with benefits, cooking for one, the handyman service, energy bills and advice on keeping safe.

“It will take place in St Mary’s Church Hall, Thornhill Road, from 9am to 12.30pm and the hopper bus can take you to and from the event fee of charge – call Adapt on 01434 600599 to book a seat.”