Older Person’s Event Week a hit in east Leeds

A number of special events have been held in outer east Leeds as part of the local area committee’s annual ‘Older Person’s Event Week’.

Now in its 13th year, five venues in Garforth, Great Preston, Kippax, Swarcliffe and Halton hosted a wide range of fun activities and entertainment for the elderly, which included bingo, raffles, and music provided by pupils from local schools. At the end of each day, which also included a buffet lunch, a special performance of the show ‘That’s Life’ was also provided by the ‘Northeast Producers’.

A number of information stalls providing details on upcoming fun activities and advice on key services were also available at each of the free events, which were funded by the Outer East Area Committee.

Held to coincide with the International Day of Older People, and supported by neighbourhood networks and in Great Preston the local luncheon club, also in attendance were local councillors and the Lord Mayor of Leeds Councillor Thomas Murray who paid a special visit to meet attendees at the Garforth event.

Councillor Andrea McKenna, chair of the outer east area committee said:

"We were delighted to once again through the area committee fund a number of special events as part of our annual Older Person’s Event Week.

"A wide-range of fun activities were on offer at each of the five venues, and it was lovely to see pupils from local schools play their part by providing the fantastic musical entertainment.

"Providing meaningful support to our elderly remains a key priority of our area committee. We will be continuing to do everything we can to fund events such as these and assist those groups and organisations in our communities that do such a great job looking after our elderly."

Notes to editors:

£3,900 of funding for the events was provided by the outer east area committee.

The five venues to host the events were;

Mon – Great & Little Preston Village Hall, Gt Preston, Preston Lane, LS26 8AS

Tues – St Gregory’s Youth & Adult Centre, Stanks Gardens, Swarcliffe, LS14 5LS

Weds – Kippax Central Working Men’s Club, Gibson Lane, Kippax, LS25 7BA

Thurs – Christ Church, Chapel Street, Halton, LS15 7RW

Fri – Garforth NET at Dover Street, Garforth, LS25 2LP

The International Day of Older People is held on 1 October. The week of events were held from Monday 30 September - 4 October.

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Colin Dickinson, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 39 51578

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