Thursday 1st Oct is International Older People’s day and the official launch of Ageing Well Torbay, a 6 year, Big Lottery funded project to reduce social isolation amongst people over the age of 50. Ageing Well aims to reconnect communities across Brixham, Paignton and Torquay, so everyone can feel included and valued.
“Older persons make wide-ranging contributions to economic and social development. However discrimination and social exclusion persist. We must overcome this bias in order to ensure a socially and economically active, secure and healthy ageing population.”
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
About International Older People’s Day:
On 14 December 1990, the United Nations General Assembly designated 1 October the International Day of Older Persons. The main aim of the day is to celebrate the achievements and contributions that older people make to society and the economy and to challenge negative attitudes.
Find out more here http://olderpeoplesday.co.uk/find-out-more/
Events (lots of them free) will be happening across Brixham, Paignton and Torquay. So whatever your age, we know they’ll be something here for you to enjoy!
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Events – Thursday 1st October
Torquay Skillshare Event
Union Square, Torquay 10am-4pm
Come and meet the team! Torquay Community Builders, Usha Garrattley, Sean McTiernan, Kim Thornton and Theo Tanser, as well as Julie Reshad who runs the Chelston Timebank will all be onsite during the day. Free activities and the chance to find out more about Timebanking!
Gardening with the Feijoa Project – Volunteer taster days
Venue: The Walled Art Garden, Cockington Court, Torquay
Thursday 1st October and every Thursday in October
10am – 3pm (all day or half day to suit you)
If you love gardening and helping other people, then come along to a volunteer taster day any Thursday throughout October. The Feijoa project supports people with learning disabilities to garden and we are looking for volunteers to help our disabled gardeners with their gardening. Come along to the beautiful surroundings of the Walled Art Garden, meet Karen the gardener, improve your well being and meet others passionate about gardening too.
Booking: Essential, please call or text Kate on : 07976 712849 or email email@example.com to book a volunteer place.
Wild for Life Walks
Venue Occombe Farm time 10.30-12.30
Join naturalist Chris Proctor for a walk around Occombe Farm’s reserve. We’ll explore the wealth of autumn wildlife including birds, butterflies and other insects, plants, fungi and if we are very lucky a glimpse of one of the reserve’s resident roe deer. Bring binoculars if you have them, this event may inspire you to help TCCT monitor the Bay’s wildlife through volunteering your time and sharing your wildlife sightings with the Trust.
Meet: Occombe Farm
Booking: Essential 01803 520022
Pop Up Cafe
Sanctuary Housing Offices, Foxhole Shops (Paignton), 11am-3pm
Find out more about the Timebank and enjoy some tasty cake too
Access to Community Education Taster Day
Adult Learning College, Brixham 10.30-3pm
Taster of different classes
Call 08000 380123 to find out more and to book a place
The Big Knit and Natter
St Andrews Church, Paignton 10am-4pm
Drop in day to knit, eat cake, learn new skills and work towards the ‘Torbay Yarn Bomb’ where participants work to develop a yarn bomb trail of their favourite locations
Phil Thomas/Torbay Council
Admiral Swimming Centre, Brixham 10.15-11am
Join in with the Aqua Zumba class at the Admiral Swimming Centre, Brixham
Swim Torquay, Plainmoor 10.30am-12pm
50+ Exercise class
Riviera Centre 2-3pm
Regular class for over 60s focusing on flexibility, mobility, balance and co-ordination and confidence!
Brixham Skillshare Event
Scala Hall 2-5pm
Join Community Builder Victoria Campbell for the Brixham Skillshare event. The fabulous Men in Sheds will be showing off their beautiful creations and inviting others to join them making more.
Lovely cake makers will be providing superb treats for the day, as well as knitting, crotchet and yoga. Free tea and cake for all attendees.
Walmer House & Erith House – Torquay, 2.30-4pm
All welcome to attend for Afternoon Tea at Walmer or Erith House
Paignton Zoo 3.30-6.pm
An intergenerational event where older people and younger people will share and learn about cultural experiences in the Bay.
Meet the Grandmothers
FREE / Please book as spaces are limited
Suitable for all
Grandmothers is a unique interactive performance created by Encounters Arts with a company of Grandmothers drawn from Dartmouth, Totnes and Paignton. Experiences, ideas and thoughts coming from the group are woven together to create a public performance event that will tour to the three towns in October.
Encounters Arts are offering an opportunity to ‘Meet the grandmothers’ during the Ageing Well festival. The event is open for up to 20 members of the public to join a creative conversation about ageing and grandparenting, as well as participate in a creative workshop and contribute words, images or questions to the final Grandmothers performance.
The event will start with afternoon tea served by some of our core company of grandmothers, leading into a creative conversation and sharing about the experience of grandparenting (and parenting) today, as well as about ageing well. Participants will then be lead by our artists in creating their own response to the themes in the form of words or images that will be added to the show.
To find out more or reserve your place, please contact Encounters Arts:
07948 9922434 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Catch the Wind
The Clipper Pub, Torquay from 9pm
Jam the night away at Torquay’s Clipper Pub, all welcome
Throughout the 4 days of the festival there will be two commissions popping up in various locations across the Bay.
Across the Tracks
Kate Rudman / Sound Communities
Intergenerational music and story sharing / live radio show over different locations – young and old sharing their music in a ‘spin off’
Sound Communities will roam the festival with young and old radio makers, recording, audio blogging and broadcasting conversations, memories and stories. Parkfield Xtreme Radio’s young producers will support older trainees to produce and present a daily live broadcast from all around Torbay. We encourage anyone interested in learning about radio to bring vinyl, old photographs of yourselves and your local area and interesting objects to describe and talk about to make a wonderful local soundscape for future generations to treasure. These broadcasts will be available to listen to immediately again online.
A series of interconnected films exploring Ageing Well
Nick will be creating a series of films challenging perceptions about ageing – some of which will be shown during the festival and some will be filmed during the festival.
241 tickets available from the Babbacombe Theatre for Starlight, performances 6 & 7th Oct
The Babbacombe Theatre has a great offer for everyone participating in the Ageing Well Festival this October. Enjoy the 5 star show, Starlight on either the Tuesday 6th or Wednesday 7th of October with the added benefit of buying two tickets for the price of one.
Having been in receipt of the TripAdvisor Award for Excellence for four consecutive years you can be confident of an evening of extraordinary entertainment!
T&C’s Based on the full ticket price of £19. Up to 4 transactions per booking. When booking use the offer code WELL0607. Only available on the specified dates. Curtain up at 8.15pm. Box office: 01803 328385 www.babbacombe-theatre.com