25 Aug 2016

Adult Social Care

Breaking down barriers and challenging stereotypes at Bristol’s Celebrating Age Festival

Bristol will be challenging stereotypes and recognising the contribution of older people at next month’s (September) Celebrating Age Festival.

As part of the celebrations people are being asked to nominate anyone aged 55 plus and living in Bristol who makes a difference to other people’s lives for an Older Achiever Award. 

Councillor Jeff Lovell, Lord Mayor of Bristol, will officially open the Celebrating Age Festival at M Shed on Sunday 18 September.

The three-week festival, which is aimed at breaking down barriers and stereotypes around older age, as well as encouraging people to take part in different activities, runs until Sunday 9 October.  It is hosted by Age UK Bristol on behalf of Bristol City Council, which has funded the event since 2007. 

From trying a new craft to making new friends and sharing experiences, there will be something for everyone at this year’s event.    

There are five award categories including: sport and physical activity – anyone from a sports player or coach to a dancer; the caring award – for someone who looks after another; a group category –  to celebrate the achievement of a group which enhances the lives of older people; a community award – for a volunteer, charity worker or someone who gets stuck in to tackling a local issue; and a challenge category  – recognising someone who has overcome illness, shown bravery or risen beyond expectations.

Cllr Lovell said: “The contribution and experience older people can bring to the table is something that is all too often overlooked in our society. 

“This is why events such as the Celebrating Age Festival, which recognises the positive value of older people and combats age discrimination, are so important.

“Anyone can make a nomination, so if you know someone who deserves the spotlight why not enter them for an Older Achiever Award?”

Cllr Clare Campion-Smith, Cabinet Member for People, said: “We want Bristol to be a caring city where getting older is a positive prospect and where barriers to a healthy and satisfying life are broken down. We believe that good health shapes all aspects of life in the city, and that it is as important to look after mental health as it is to ensure physical wellbeing.”

Mark Baker, CEO of Age UK Bristol, said: “Age UK Bristol is proud to be asked to host the event again this year, and the hard work and dedication from our staff and volunteers certainly pays off. This year we have an exciting line up of activities around the theme of ‘100 Ways to Happiness’.  The 18th will be a busy day at M Shed, packed full of ideas and information from health and wellbeing, to print making and a special performance of Alonely  - Monologues from Older People. We look forward to welcoming you there. For further information or if transport is required please contact: Shelley, Tanya or Ian on 0117 929 7537.”

The festival officially opens at 10am on Sunday 18 September at M Shed.  The Older Achiever Awards ceremony will take place after the opening address from Cllr Lovell.  

There will be a range of activities on offer at the launch event, from print making to yoga, information and advice stands, health checks, music and entertainment. 

Nominations for the awards close at 5pm on Monday 5 September.  For more information visit www.celebratingagefestival.co.uk/older-achiever-award/.

For more information about the festival visit www.celebratingagefestival.co.uk/.