“Full Of Life” Older People’s Day Event in Hailsham
On the 1st October we hosted Older People’s Day which we prefer to call “Full of Life.” One of our aims for 2016 was to hold events in the South of our District. We therefore, held our OPD in the Civic Community Hall behind Wealden District Council offices in Hailsham. This was a half day event. We worked in partnership with Hailsham Freedom Leisure. We hosted some 17 stands ranging from information on energy saving, foods for delivery to your home, to U3A (a first for us), writing a will, CAB, trading standards, East Sussex library, Age Concern etc. I was disappointed that some stand holders who had committed withdraw in the last week as they could not get cover for the Saturday. WSCP also like to provide a treat and this year we had a reflexologist join us and we offered a hand massage. The ladies who had these treatments really enjoyed them but alas we could not get any men to participate. We are increasingly finding that people need payment if they are going to attend.
Unfortunately it rained just about all day and we found that people did not want to go into the Hailsham Freedom Leisure facility where they had tours of the gym, a balance class and an armchair class. There were also issues of access. The ladies from Freedom Leisure were wonderful and undertook the armchair class in the hall and this was thoroughly enjoyed. Hailsham Freedom Leisure has been praised nationally for its work encouraging older people to keep as fit as they possibly can. Much of their work is now being adopted nationally. There were prizes to be won, and WSCP had some super prizes for its raffle. Throughout the morning we provided free teas, coffee and yummy cakes. Twenty two new members joined us but many attendees were already members. We may have got a new committee member! The entire event was free both for the attendees and the stall holders.
Pictures of the arm chair exercise class, the Age Concern stand and the Town Crier with one of our members.