Building Age-Friendly Cities and Communities
‘Age-Friendly Cities and Communities’ are those that have policies, services and structures that enable older people to ‘age actively’ – that is, live in good security, enjoy good health and continue to participate fully in society.
A comprehensive new piece of research explores how to develop urban environments that can best support sense of place amongst older adults living in diverse urban areas. By sense of place they mean the physical, social and community resources needed to enable older adults to feel valued in their community, to facilitate a sense of belonging, to enable a sense of identity (sense of self in relation to others) and to develop a sense of place attachment (to people and place).
If this sounds complicated, the research report is actually very readable and contains some real nuggets of common sense – it’s well worth a read, if this topic interests you: Read Research
News of a couple of upcoming markets that might just tug at the purse strings!
Brighouse Artisan Market
Brighouse’s town centre will host an Artisan Market, celebrating independent producers and markers. The town will once again welcome talented traders from the local area with an array of different farmers, artisans and vendors offering lots of different things 27 October, 10am onwards.
Vintage Arts and Craft Market
This takes place on the last Saturday of every month in the Albany Arcade in Halifax Borough Market. Come along and find an unusual and unique present or something for yourself. Next date Saturday 26 October.
The Community Foundation for Calderdale’s Older Person’s Holiday Fund makes going on a holiday more affordable for older people who do not have the opportunity through social isolation, ill health or disability or financial hardship.
A holiday can provide a change of scenery, a chance to sightsee or simply a relaxing break with loved ones.
Grants of £300 for a single person or £500 for a couple are available towards a holiday in the UK. If a single person needs a carer it is possible to apply as a couple to enable the carer to go too.
Applications are weighted towards:
- Applicants who are 60+
- People who live in postcode areas HX although people who live in other areas of Calderdale are encouraged to apply.
- Those in financial hardship
- Those who suffer from long term illness or disability.
- People who have not benefited from the fund before
The application deadline for UK breaks in 2020 is 15th December 2019
Please return your completed application form to:
Post: Holiday Fund, Staying Well, 87 Turner Avenue South, Halifax, HX2 8EF
Apply online: click here for the online application form
Decisions will be made within 4 weeks of the grant deadline and payments will be made directly to the holiday provider.
If you require support completing the application, please contact Staying Well on 01422 392767 or email email@example.com
High Five is a community group based in Pellon, Halifax. They have been going since 2011 and run a programme of fun and healthy activities, aimed at older people, throughout the week.
All are welcome to come and you’ll make new friends, try new things, get fitter and most importantly of all, have fun!
They are a membership organisation, with membership usually costing just £3 per year. However 2019 Membership is now free.
More information about Pellon High Five
High Five began as a Calderdale Neighbourhood Schemes initiative and is now an independent, self-organised group.
They have a committee of 8 members each active within classes registering, taking money & representing the committee at the activities and attending regular meetings.
They now have five paid tutors – for Tai Chi, Singing for Fun, Line Dancing, and Monday’s Art class at New Hope. Other sessions are run by volunteers. Two committee members run an indoor Kurling session. There are also two Gentle Exercise classes at Highgate together with two Pilates classes at different venues and a Scottish Dancing class.
All of these activities are designed to keep an older group of people fit, independent and socialising.
The group currently uses four different venues.
Find out more on their lively website: https://pellonhighfivehub.wordpress.com