International Older People's Day celebrations
We were proud to be at the centre of a host of great, free events that took place across Nottingham for International Older People’s Day 2016.
We partnered with Age Friendly Nottingham to mark the global day of celebration on Saturday 1 October.
Older citizens were invited to our Nottingham city centre branch on Upper Parliament Street for a free coffee morning (pictured below) to mark the launch of the Take A Seat initiative.
It sees businesses and community organisations pledge to offer areas in their shops or premises where older people can take a rest and catch their breath. The idea is that this helps them retain their independence and makes their experience more enjoyable.
On Older People’s Day, and during the week surrounding it, other events included World On A Plate at the Council House, where visitors sampled food from around the world and shared recipes and stories. They also had the chance to play games and take part in activities which they might not have enjoyed for a while - along with The Nottingham’s very own Robin Hood and Maid Marian.
Other events included Age Friendly Dancing - giving people the chance to belly dance, Flamenco, Samba and tap - live music and a talk on the subject of home safety.
Age Friendly Nottingham champion Councillor Eunice Campbell said: “It’s vital that we help older people stay independent and get out into their local communities. I’m particularly delighted that so many businesses want to be a part of our Take A Seat campaign and I want to thank them as this really does make a difference to the lives of people and helps to reduce loneliness.” Taking care of older people and reducing social isolation is a core theme of the Looking After Each Other campaign, which is being run by Nottingham City Council and partners over the autumn and winter.