Coulby Newham residents are invited to Sunnyside Community Centre to share their views on community activity, try Christmas crafts, enjoy free refreshments and listen to pupils from Sunnyside Academy singing Christmas carols.
Ageing Better Middlesbrough, a Big Lottery Funded programme reducing loneliness and isolation for people aged 50 and over in Middlesbrough, and Sunnyside Community Centre have come together to organise the event on Thursday 6th December which aims to help older people in the area plan future activities.
Sunnyside Community Centre, Coulby Newham, TS8 0RF, will open its doors to everyone from 11am to 3pm with Christmas carols starting at 1.30pm.
Bridget Bowker, Ageing Better Middlesbrough Outreach Worker, said: “We are working with the most lonely and isolated people in Middlesbrough, to help them build their confidence to get out and about and live their lives in the way they want to. Part of that work is making sure older people have a say in what is happening in their area and planning activities.
“A lovely woman who I am working with suggested joining up with the community centre to help put on activities for older people in the area. She wanted to ‘bring people back together, like it used to be’.
“And that is what we are doing. After meeting with the new warden at Thirteen’s community centre in Sunnyside we have organised this open day to encourage older people in the area to have their say.”
Julie Sutton, Head Teacher at Sunnyside Academy said: “We want to reconnect with the community here in Coulby Newham and get our pupils together with older people as they can both learn so much from each other and will have lots of stories to share.
“We have joined Ageing Better Middlesbrough and the Sunnyside Community Centre for this event to hopefully discover new opportunities and the school choir, which will include signing for hearing impaired children, to meet local people.
“We have put together 370 packs for the pupils to take home to parents with information from Ageing Better Middlesbrough to show how much is happening in the community.”
For more information about Ageing Better Middlesbrough and its free membership you can call 01642 257034 or visit www.ageingbettermiddlesbrough.org.uk