Event showcases healthy activities for elderly people

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A RANGE of free activities to promote the services available to elderly people will take place in Ponteland on Saturday.

The event, which includes health, well-being and leisure taster sessions, is being organised by the Ageing Well initiative and Northumbria Healthcare Trust and supported by local organisations.

Ageing Well’s work in Ponteland began in partnership with the Ponteland Community Partnership and town council to find the funding for the successful weekly hopper bus that takes people who do not have transport to the doctors, shops, lunch or meeting with friends and family.

The county-wide programme was given an accolade at the Local Government Association Awards earlier this year. It works to involve older people in their community and helps to keep them active, connected and well.

Coun Veronica Jones, who came up with the idea and leads the initiative, said: “We see older people as a great asset and want to help make the most of their skills, experience and energy and this programme offers a contrast to the negativity about age.”

Stepping into Spring will be held in St Mary’s Church Hall, Thornhill Road, between 10am and 1pm. All activities and refreshments are free and there will be opportunities to try them or just to find out more about what is on offer locally.

Organisations will also be on hand to talk about their support services and people can find out about social activities and exercise classes in the Ponteland area.

The hopper bus will be available to take residents to the event and back home again. If you need transport you can ring 07850 705339 or 07768 467334.