Capturing the history of Middlesbrough through the stories and memories of our residents is the aim of a special event this month.
Our Middlesbrough, Our Stories is a free event for older people to celebrate the town’s past, present and future at Middlesbrough Town Hall on Monday, November 20 between 10am and 1pm.
The event, organised by Public Health South Tees and Middlesbrough Libraries and Community Hubs , features various activities, art exhibitions and interactive workshops along with advice and information stalls for older people including dementia, digital inclusion, physical and mental health.
Diane Fleet, Middlesbrough Library Development Manager, said: “Our event aims to provide a welcoming and inclusive space where older people can connect with others, try different creative activities, explore their memories connected with the town and learn about available support.
"The event is free to attend, and older people are encouraged to join in for a day of creativity, connection and learning."
The RNID will be there to offer free hearing tests to anyone who needs them.
During the event a vaccination bus, located outside of Middlesbrough Town Hall, will offer Covid and flu jabs.
Eligible groups include those 65 or over, carers and the immuno-suppressed.
The Recovery Connections mobile coffee bike will also be located at the Town Hall offering free hot coffees to those attending.
No booking is required.
Organisers are now encouraging people to take part in a project to help capture stories of the town’s landscapes, landmarks and hidden gems - A Postcard from Middlesbrough.
Residents, visitors and community groups can design a postcard or write a description of their most cherished memories, which will be displayed at the event.
To take part, email firstname.lastname@example.org and you will receive your creative pack which will contain a blank postcard to decorate or write on, a prepaid addressed envelope and some further instructions.
Our Middlesbrough Our Stories event and A Postcard from Middlesbrough are part of the Seniors Connected through Age-Friendly Libraries project, delivered by Middlesbrough Libraries and Community Hubs and Public Health South Tees and funded by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport’s Know Your Neighbourhood (KYN) fund.