Dursley-based community organisation World Jungle is planning a special free community event in Dursley next month aimed at the over-50’s and linking in with a national campaign.
The 1st of October marks National Older People’s Day in the United Kingdom and the UN International Day of Older Persons, celebrating the achievements and contributions that older people make to our society and tackling negative attitudes and outdated stereotypes.
The ‘Full of Life’ event will take place on Thursday 1 October from 1pm-3pm at the Chantry Centre (Lister Hall) in Long Street, Dursley. The event will include a range of free activity taster sessions, afternoon tea & refreshments, some great entertainment including a taste of ‘Dad’s Army’ from the D.O.D.S., performances from local music groups and ‘1940’s-style’ singer Richard Love, together with the opportunity to find out more about local services and groups. Jane Manning from World Jungle said:
‘Full of Life’ is all about helping to combat issues of loneliness and isolation, and helping people to feel healthier and more independent. We hope to showcase World Jungle’s work with older people across Cam and Dursley, as well as bringing together lots of other local organisations, services and groups who are doing some fantastic work in our local area.”
World Jungle ran a similar event in October last year which attracted over 200 people. This lead to the establishment of a ‘Full of Life’ Group which has been working with older residents across the area including those based at Glebelands, Draycott, The Corriet, Cambridge House and Vizard Close sheltered housing schemes. The project also saw the compilation of a local directory listing local groups and support services with the aim of making accessing information and signposting people to services and activities much easier.
Funding for this project has been made available from the Summerfield Trust , Gloucestershire County Council Active Together Fund and Gloucestershire’s Police & Crime Commissioner.