Over 50s encouraged to Engage with health and care services at Stratford festival

Health and care organisations from across Warwickshire are encouraging people to come and talk to them at a special information day for the over fifties at Stratford College on Saturday 29th September.

It’s part of the Stratford Engage 50 + festival that is being held at the College, starting on the 29th, where over 80 local voluntary groups, charities, associations, clubs and a few carefully selected companies will be exhibiting.

This is the second year the festival has run, and this year there will be a Health & Wellbeing Village where health and care organisations, working together through the Improved Better Care Fund, will be promoting health and wellbeing as people get older, talking about the services available in Warwickshire and finding out what matters to people.

Speaking on behalf of health and social care services in Warwickshire, Warwickshire’s Health and Wellbeing Board Chair, Councillor Les Caborn said:

“I would encourage all older members of the community in Stratford-on-Avon and the surrounding area to go along to the Engage Festival’s Information Day, and in particular to speak to the local health and care organisations that will be there. They will be able to give you lots of advice on the services available in Warwickshire and it is your opportunity to tell them what matters to you.”

The Information Day, which runs from 10am to 4pm, is aimed at people aged 50 to 100+ and there will be lots of information available for those who would like to learn a new skill, discover a new hobby, volunteer or simply enjoy the company of like-minded people.

There will be lots going on in the Health & Wellbeing Village, including a smoothie bike, timed ‘up and go’ races and opportunities to get involved via social media.

During the Festival, you’ll be able to try dancing Zumba style, enjoy being pampered and stretch you mind and body with Tai Chi or Mindfulness, and get plenty of practical advice on subjects including Power of Attorney and Care Entitlement.

Entry to the Festival and car parking is free. There will also be two free shuttle buses to the College from and around the town centre and surrounding areas.

For more information, see www.engagefestival.org.uk.