The Celebrating Age Festival, whilst focusing on those over 50, always offers something for everyone and is a fantastic opportunity to try a new craft, make new friends and share experiences.
The festival aims to break down stereotypes which surround older people whilst celebrating all that they bring to our city, appreciating the wide variety of experiences which make Bristol the vibrant and diverse place it is today.
Here is what happened in 2017!
This year we held a fashion show to celebrate the diversity in our city, where local participants over 50 could showcase what ageing with style meant to them. Participants were encouraged wear their traditional dress or their favourite outfit, and we saw some fantastic clothes from different cultures to celebrating the diversity in Bristol! We were also treated this year by having two dogs from Paws for Wellbeing walking the runway too, who reduce isolation and loneliness in older people with their specially trained dogs.
Inter-generational activities have been shown to promote happiness and wellness across all ages – and we hosted a teddy bears’ picnic for older people and children (and teddy bears!) to enjoy each other’s company in the sunshine, complete with storytelling and a quiz.
The art and craft competition and our older achiever awards celebrated some of the fantastic work undertaken by older people in Bristol. As with every year, we had some inspiring nominations for older achiever awards including a 97-year-old dance teacher!
Our art and craft competition also gave people the opportunity to showcase their best work to the public, the winners were announced on the day of the festival and given out awards along with other awards, given to them by the Lord Mayor of Bristol!
We had over 60 stalls offering information and advice across a broad spectrum of organisations from Bristol. All there with the shared aim of helping the older generation by offering professional advice, health checks and massages, there really is something for everyone!
Across the day there was plenty of activities for everyone to get involved in, whether this was walking football, crochet taster sessions or even dance fit. There were plenty of new arts, crafts and activities for people to try for the first time! This year ‘Active Ageing Bristol’ launched on the same day too, and was a big part of the festival! Offering free activities throughout the day on College Green for people to try out.
Every year the Celebrating Age Festival offers something for everyone to enjoy, for free! Not only does it bring the community together, it also allows the organisations to work together and come up with new ways to help older people maintain their independence and quality of life.
At Age UK Bristol we hope to continue celebrating later life and bring together people of all ages, backgrounds and cultures once again in 2018!
The Celebrating Age Festival is hosted by Age UK Bristol
About Age UK Bristol:
Our purpose is to improve the lives of older people in Bristol. We aim to reach older people from all cultures and backgrounds, to provide commission or support others to deliver a range of quality services and initiatives that address the issues which are important to older people in Bristol, to reduce isolation and promote an independent lifestyle for older people in Bristol, to promote a positive view of the contribution that older people make to society and to help local older people remain living in their own homes for as long as they wish to do so. We also campaign to improve services locally and work in a committed way with partner organisations.
We support the Celebrating Age Festival because it is a great opportunity to show the community what assets older people can be, it also shows younger people that growing older offers opportunities to take a full part in the community, and invites older people to join in the many activities that Bristol offers.
How You Can Support Age UK Bristol and the Festival:
There are many ways you can support us, either through donating, volunteering, campaigning or by following us on social media. We are an independent Bristol based charity which relies heavily on the goodwill of local people through volunteering and donations to continue our work.
We are always looking for people of all ages and backgrounds to help us run our services through volunteering. Our volunteers offer from just a few hours per week to one or two whole days depending on the service. Currently most of our volunteering activities take place during normal working hours. For more information please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Giving online is one of the easiest ways to make a donation to Age UK Bristol. Virgin Money Giving is a not-for-profit fundraising website designed to make it easy for you to raise money for charity. You can create a fundraising page and start collecting sponsorship in minutes or make a one off or regular online donation. Simply visit our Virgin Money Giving site and chose from the Make a Donation or Make a Monthly Donation option. Remember, no donation is too small. Give what you can to help us improve the lives of older people in Bristol.
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