Events to celebrate role of older people

Another packed programme is in prospect as events to mark this year’s Older People’s Day return to East Sussex.

Every year, to coincide with the international celebration on October 1 of the positive role older people play in improving communities and the lives of local people, activities are held across the county during September and October.

This year’s programme features more than 100 events including health walks, film screenings, lifestyle and information events, coffee mornings, history talks, arts and crafts and day trips.

Meanwhile, leisure centres across the county are offering older people the chance to try a variety of sports including aqua aerobics, Pilates, walking football and netball and badminton.

The programme is supported by East Sussex County Council, East Sussex Seniors’ Association and the NHS, in partnership with leisure centres, local councils, charities, community and voluntary organisations.

Kate Davies, from East Sussex Seniors’ Association, said: “Once again there is a really varied programme of events and activities taking place across the county – many of which are free to try.

“Whether you attend on your own or with a friend or family member, the activities offer a great opportunity to meet new people and try something new – perhaps something that you might want to do regularly.”

Events taking place this year include a ‘Good Life Show’ featuring a variety of stalls in Eastbourne, Health and Wellbeing Day including taster sessions of yoga and Tai Chi in Hastings, ‘Saturday Social’ in Uckfield and various activities at The Keep archive centre, in Moulsecoomb.

Cllr Carl Maynard, East Sussex County Council lead member for adult social care, said: “We’re very pleased to once again support a series of events which promote an active and healthy lifestyle and which recognise the valuable role older people play in our communities.”

People can download the full programme online or pick up a copy from local libraries, leisure centres or council offices, or through community and voluntary organisations.

The programme includes details of how to book places and costs where applicable, information on how to get to the venue and details of any catering provided.

The programme can be downloaded online at