BAB Programme Manager Carly Urbanski was once more up at the crack of dawn on her day off to appear on BBC Radio Bristol’s Saturday morning show last week. She was invited onto the programme along with Age UK Bristol CEO Mark Baker to talk about the Celebrating Age Festival taking place later this month.
They told listeners about all of the activities taking place on the day and why it’s so important for this festival to be held each year in Bristol.
Carly said: “What we’re highlighting at the celebrating age festival are things such as walking football and dance classes – things that maybe you were doing when you were younger and feel like you need to stop as you get older. But you don’t!
“I think the great thing about Bristol now is that there are so many opportunities for people, as you’re getting older to stay active and stay involved in your community.”
The Celebrating Age Festival will take place on Saturday 23rd September at City Hall, with activities also going on outside on College Green. It’s designed to celebrate the opportunities that are on offer to older people in Bristol – everything from crochet to cooking demonstrations and health checks to massages.
Bristol Ageing Better also funded a programme of activities through Age Friendly Community Chest grants, as part of the Celebrating Age Festival. These activities and taster sessions have been taking place throughout September and August and include everything from coach trips to open days and workshops.
Age UK Bristol Chief Executive Mark Baker said: “I think one of the main things that we’re doing with the Celebrating Age Festival is saying that as an older person you can have ambitions, you don’t have to be a couch potato for the rest of your life.
“There are all sorts of things to do irrespective of what illnesses or disabilities you may have, there’s plenty to do and older age should be about enjoying, not enduring.”
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