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Belfast celebrates positive ageing with month of events

2 Oct 2017
Belfast is celebrating its older citizens throughout October, with Positive Ageing Month.

More than 200 classes, workshops, events and activities, all aimed at those aged 60 and over, will be staged throughout the month.

It all begins today (Monday 2 October), with the annual Age-friendly Belfast Convention at the City Hall, where information on all the events is available. There also will be a range of stands and exhibitors available to give other valuable assistance to our older residents.

Speaking in advance of Positive Ageing Month, the Deputy Lord Mayor, Councillor Sonia Copeland, who is also Chair of Belfast City Council’s All Party Reference Group on Older People, said:

“Positive Ageing Month celebrates the contribution that older people make to both their own communities and the city of Belfast as a whole, and we’re looking forward to a wonderful month celebrating our older people and making Belfast a fabulous city to grow old in.

“Age-friendly Belfast have programmed a month of fabulous activities and events for seniors, which aim to encourage better wellbeing and reduce social isolation. Events are taking place all across the city as local cultural, arts and community groups take the opportunity to highlight the fabulous programmes they run all year round. Many events are free or very reasonably priced and are open to both individuals and groups.”

Highlights of the month-long programme include a series of the ever popular Punjana Tea Dances at Girdwood Community Hub (Friday 6 October), Belfast Castle (Wednesday 11 October), Grosvenor Hall (Monday 23 October) and the East Belfast Network Centre (Thursday 26 October).

Jamie Thompson of Thompson’s Teas, commented:

“We have been delighted to see how popular the Punjana Tea Dances have become since they were first launched in 2013, and also how much enjoyment they bring to local communities. Punjana, born and blended in Belfast since 1896, is proud to have played a very special part in the history of the city, and the series of Punjana Tea Dances offers a fabulous opportunity to relive the glorious dance hall days.”

The City Hall will host a ‘Big Quiz’ on Tuesday 17 October, an Age-Friendly Belfast Ambassadors’ Brunch on Friday 20 October and a screening of the movie ‘Going In Style’ on Wednesday 25 October.

There also will be events in community and leisure centres and libraries all across the city, as well as venues such as the Grand Opera House, HMS Caroline, the Ulster Folk and Transport Museum, the QFT, the Strand Arts Centre and even the National Stadium.

Details of all the events can be found at www.belfastcity.gov.uk/seniors or in brochures which have been distributed widely throughout the city.
Belfast is celebrating its older citizens throughout October, with Positive Ageing Month. Belfast is celebrating its older citizens throughout October, with Positive Ageing Month.