Posted by: North Officer | 14/08/2012

International Day of Older People

The Older People’s Partnership Network is working to raise awareness of the International Day of Older People held annually on Monday, 1 October.

In Sheffield, the celebration of the International Day of Older People will run under the banner of Celebrating Age. The day will be a time for celebration and bring older people together to share their achievements and applaud the contribution older people bring to our society and City. Overall the aim of the day will be to promote a positive image of older people, bring communities together, break down barriers to isolation and engage with younger people which will encourage intergenerational work.

On the 1 October activities will be held city wide as well as at the Crucible Theatre and other city centre venues. An art and photography competition to support production of an OPPN Calendar are already in progress and the winners will be announced and the prizes awarded on the day. On the day there will be local performers (over 50 years old) to showcase their talent at the Crucible. The aim is that events will also continue across the week and culminate in an opportunity to recognise those people who work in our community of Sheffield with and on behalf of older adults on the Friday, 5 October at the Showroom.

In order to reach as many older people in Sheffield as possible Sheffield 50+ are encouraging local events in residential homes, supported housing schemes, lunch clubs, community groups and libraries. Sheffield 50+ hope organisations will be able to hold the events as close to the 1st October as possible. If you require help with finding entertainers please contact Sheffield 50+ as they are drawing up a list of entertainers who would like to be involved with the event.

And they need to know about your event. If you are intending to celebrate the day by holding a “Celebrating Age” event they would love to hear about it. They need the following information before 9 September:

  • The event you plan to hold
  • Location/Venue
  • Date and Time
  • Is the event open to the public?

With this information they will be compiling a programme of events that can be circulated widely. They are aware that some events might not be open to the public but we would still be interested in hearing about them so that we can build up a picture of how widely International Day of Older People has been celebrated in Sheffield and for publicity purposes.

If you wish to discuss this further please do not hesitate to contact Jane Tanser of Sheffield 50+ on (0114) 2735426 email sheffield50plus@yahoo.co.uk

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