Full of life

This year we’re celebrating the achievements and contributions that older people make to our society with 3 short films to mark UK Older People’s Day 2016.

The project is a collaboration between Hart District Council and local film-maker John Sutton from  Clearwater Photography, with support from Hart Volunteer Centre.

Alongside creating these films, Hart District Council are supporting a range of local community events including a celebratory lunch in Crondall, a tea party in Odiham and a creative workshop and information day in Yateley.

About the films

Every year 1 October marks a national and international celebration of older people, sharing positive messages about ageing. 

Throughout our lives we all develop our own unique set of skills, talents, interests and experiences, and sharing these with others has plenty of benefits for ourselves and our community.  

We are fortunate that there are so many skilled, knowledgeable and active older people in Hart, making our communities better places to live and grow old in.

These films give a flavour of some of the ways in which older residents are giving their time and sharing their knowledge and skills with others.  In doing so they’re also keeping active, staying connected and continuing to learn, which helps them to stay happy and well.

Watch the films...

Keep Learning

Learning something new can bring happiness, wellbeing and a connection to our wider community, whatever our age.  In ‘Keep Learning’ we hear from Viviane about the benefits of learning to use digital technology

Feeling inspired?

There are many opportunities to keep learning in Hart. 

You can find more information about adult learning opportunities at:

Hampshire Libraries - visit www3.hants.gov.uk/library/library-servicesforyou/learning-in-libraries.htm, phone 0300 555 1387 or pop into your local library.

Yateley School Adult & Community Learning - visit www.adultandcommunity.co.uk/, phone 01252 877190 or email info@adultandcommunity.co.uk.

Volunteering can be a great way to learn something new.  For information about volunteering opportunities contact Hart Volunteer Centre, all the details can be found at the bottom of this page.

For information about other local activities contact Age Concern Hampshire’s Older People’s Area Link (OPAL), all the details can be found at the bottom of this page.

Connect

Connecting with the people around us can help us feel happy, healthy and supported.  In ‘Connect’ we hear from Mike and Jenny about how something as simple as meeting up regularly for a cup of tea, a chat and the odd trip to the garden centre can make a big difference

Feeling inspired?

There are many opportunities to connect with others in Hart such as befriending services, clubs, and a wide range of social, leisure and hobby groups.

For information about local activities contact Age Concern Hampshire’s Older People’s Area Link (OPAL), all the details can be found at the bottom of this page.

Volunteering can be a great way to meet people.  For information about volunteering opportunities contact Hart Volunteer Centre, all the details can be found at the bottom of this page.

Be Active

Keeping active can help us feel fit, healthy and happy whatever our age.  In ‘Be Active’ we meet Terry who is part of a team of mostly retired volunteers who give their time and muscle to help maintain Fleet Pond

Feeling inspired?

There are many opportunities to be active in Hart.

Leisure Centres – for information about classes and facilities at Hart Leisure Centre (Fleet) visit www.everyoneactive.com/centre/hart-leisure-centre/ or phone 01252 629974, or at Frogmore Leisure Centre (Yateley) visit www.everyoneactive.com/centre/frogmore-leisure-centre/.

Strength and balance classes - Hampshire’s Steady and Strong classes are run by instructors specially qualified to teach exercises proven to reduce the chances of falling. Classes are based around strength and balance exercises.  To find exercise classes in your area visit www3.hants.gov.uk/betterbalance or contact Hampshire County Council’s Falls Prevention Physical Activity Co-ordinator by Email: wellbeing@hants.gov.uk or phone 01962 846605

Hart Health Walks - Health walks are aimed at anyone who would like to walk at a gentle pace in a safe and social setting. For more information visit the Health Walks webpage, phone 01252 815652 or e-mail admin@hartvolaction.org.uk.  

Volunteering can be a great way to stay active.  For information about volunteering opportunities contact Hart Volunteer Centre, all the details can be found at the bottom of this page.

For information about other local activities contact Age Concern Hampshire’s Older People’s Area Link (OPAL), all the details can be found at the bottom of this page.

Thanks

We would like to thank all of the people who took part in the filming including John and his assistant Olly for giving their time, skills and creativity to produce these films.

Further information

If you’d like to find out more about opportunities to volunteer or get involved in your community contact Hart Volunteer Centre via telephone 01252 627070 or pop in to the Hart Volunteer Centre, First Floor, Hart Shopping Centre, Fleet between 10am and 3pm Monday – Thursday.  You can also visit their website at www.hartvolaction.org.uk/volunteering.

If you would like information about care, support and activities to help you stay independent, safe and well you can:

Visit www.hart.gov.uk/health-wellbeing 

Contact Age Concern Hampshire’s Older People’s Area Link (OPAL) service via telephone 0800 328 7154, email info@ageconcernhampshire.org.uk, or visit their website www.ageconcernhampshire.org.uk.  The service provides short term support over one or two home visits to help older people find out about local activities and services. They can also provide general information on other aspects of living independently including health and wellbeing and day care.

Contact Hampshire County Council Adult Services via telephone 0300 5551386 (8.30am – 5pm, Monday to Thursday, and 8.30am – 4.30pm, Friday) or for calls Out of Hours 0300 555 1373 (5pm – 8.30am, Monday to Thursday, and 4.30pm Friday to 8.30am Monday), or visit http://connectsupport.hants.gov.uk/home 

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