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Wednesday, 26 September 2012

Celebrate Ageing Well International Older People's Day


A host of exciting events will take place to celebrate International Older People’s Day and ‘Ageing Well in Cheshire East’ on Monday (October 1).

These include:

· Age UK Cheshire East is inviting the over 50s to ‘try something new or see what they could do for you’ at its Health and Wellbeing Centre, at the junction of Crossall Street and Elizabeth Street, in Macclesfield, from 10am-1pm. The event will give people an opportunity to sample for free activities, including Zumba and pilates, run by AgeUK Cheshire East, as well as to gain free advice that may improve their financial and physical wellbeing. It also includes an art exhibition, drinks and cakes;

· A Cheshire Hidden Talent Event is being held by Plus Dane Group at 2pm, at Congleton New Life Church;

· An ‘Embracing the Older Population’ conference is taking place from 9.30am-3.30pm on October 2, at St Michael’s Church, Macclesfield, organised by the Go Project to look at ways to assist the elderly population;

· Two videos have been specially created about the issues older people in Cheshire East face on a day to day basis. These can be viewed at:,

Speakers at the ‘Embracing the Older Population’ conference in Macclesfield will include Dame Jo Williams (chair of the Care Quality Commission), David Briggs (Lord Lieutenant of Cheshire), Councillor David Brown (Deputy Leader, Cheshire East Council), Councillor Janet Clowes (Cabinet Member, health and adult social care), Bernadette Bailey (Ageing Well Programme) and Rachel Zammit (St Luke’s Hospice). For more information, contact Carolyn McQuaker at the Go Project by ringing 01625 858210 or emailing:

The entrance fee is £10.

The Cheshire Hidden Talent Event (1 October) has been organised by Plus Dane Group and is open to both older and younger people. To book an audition or to find out more information, call Laura on 01260 288447 (leave a message if not answered) or email

Tickets are available for the final from the New Life Church or from Plus Dane Group’s offices at Worrall Street, Congleton. To get a ticket you must donate a tin for the town’s Foodbank service, which distributes food to people and families struggling to make ends meet.

Cheshire East Council launched the Ageing Well Programme with the aim of bringing partners together to help make Cheshire East a good place to grow old.

These events have been organised as part of this. For more information visit Cheshire East Council’s website at:

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