Go for it and get involved, is the message from Ageing Better Middlesbrough as it celebrates people aged 50 and over at Middlesbrough's second Festival of Fun.
From 1 to 7 October Ageing Better Middlesbrough and partner organisations are hosting events across town to showcase the range of activities on offer to older residents and to encourage people to join its free membership.
The Festival starts on International Older People’s Day and ends on Silver Sunday – two key dates that aim to highlight the contributions older people make to their communities.
Hannah Warburton, Communications Manager at Ageing Better Middlesbrough, said: “We have a rock and roll night, golf for beginners, our version of crystal maze, a faith celebration service and lots more.
“We hope as many people as possible will get involved and show that having fun is not just for the young.
“We work really hard to find ways to tackle loneliness and social isolation, and our membership and events are a great way for people to get out and try something new.
“A lot of our members have told us that taking a chance to go out to one of our events or activities has led to their confidence growing, interesting conversations and even new friendships."
Festival of Fun programmes are available at community hubs across Middlesbrough, online at www.ageingbettermiddlesbrough.org.uk or request a copy to be sent by post by calling 01642 257034.
More information on Ageing Better Middlesbrough, including how to join its free membership can be found at www.ageingbettermiddlesbrough.org.uk or by calling 01642 257034.
Ageing Better Middlesbrough is part of the National Lottery funded Ageing Better programme set up by the Big Lottery Fund, the largest funder of community activity in the UK. Ageing Better aims to develop creative ways for older people to be actively involved in their local communities, helping to combat social isolation and loneliness. It is one of five major programmes set up by the Big Lottery Fund to test and learn from new approaches to designing services which aim to make people’s lives healthier and happier.