The event on July 5 at Christ Church Community Centre, Old Town, will be a chance for older people living in the area, and their family and friends, to find out about what services are on offer to help them to stay safe, secure, healthy and independent in their own homes.
Running from 1-4pm, it will feature stalls and displays from a number of organisations, all of which support older people, ensuring they can make the most of later years.
Ben Curtis, Director of Bluebird Care Swindon, which looks after well over 100 people in their own homes, said:
“Over 65 year olds play an important part in our society. Not only have they contributed in previous years to the development of civic life but they also add greatly to the economy and give hundreds of hours of voluntary time to community groups.
“We rely heavily on older people for all they do, often providing care for loved ones; spouses, siblings, or nonagenarian parents, not to mention the support they give by helping out with grandchildren.”
Organisations taking part include Healthwatch Swindon, Bluebird Care Swindon, Wiltshire Farm Foods, CAB Swindon, the Alzheimer’s Society, the Wiltshire Bobby Van Trust, the Aster Group, Swindon Dial-a-Ride, Swindon Carers Centre, Age UK Wiltshire, Dorset and Wiltshire Fire Service Prevention Team, Swindon Seniors Forum, Akcess CIC, SEQOL, Health and Wellbeing Ambassadors, the Samaritans, Care Planning Services, the Hearing and Mobility Store Ltd, the Lydiards Link Scheme and Action on Hearing Loss to name just a few.
In addition to the many stalls, visitors will be able to relax and enjoy music from local pianist Lisa Williams and the Cantanti Choir. Tea, coffee, and cakes will be provided by Bluebird Care staff and volunteers.
Ben added: “Too often, older members of our society feel isolated with no one to talk to. Part of the job our care workers do includes spending time with people, keeping them company, and giving them a helping hand around the house.
“Our free event will give older people a chance to meet others in similar situations and make new friends. Also they will be able to discover the array of organisations we have in our area who are there to help.”The event will be held at Christ Church Community Centre, Cricklade Street, Old Town, Swindon SN1 3HB, from 1-4 pm on Tuesday July 5.