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Saturday, 16 February 2013

Spread the warmth

 

Cheshire East Council and Age UK Cheshire, in association with their partners and the Local Adult Safeguarding Board, are offering a range of advice and support to residents on how to keep warm, well and safe this winter.

The Council has put together a wealth of detail in one place at: www.cheshireeast.gov.uk/winter, where residents can find advice on a wide range of topics from heating, eating and winter safety to school closures and public transport.

This week, we look at what people can do in Cheshire East during the winter period.

Winter ‘what’s on’ guide

You don’t have to stay at home to keep warm, well and safe this winter.

A vast array of activities are on offer to people of all ages throughout Cheshire East and now might be the best time to take advantage.

From tai chi to coffee mornings, Pilates lessons to senior citizens’ lunches, there is plenty to do.

And they can be enjoyed in warm, safe environments where people can socialise and make new friends.

Councillor Janet Clowes, Cabinet member in charge of health and adult social care, said: “We may all feel less inclined to get out and about when the weather is cold but, following a short journey, there are a lot of activities which people can get involved in across all our towns and villages.

“Many are free of charge and some are available at a small price. Also, our health improvement team runs a variety of programmes in partnership with Age UK and housing associations.

“These sessions provide a social opportunity to restore confidence, maintain independence, reduce falls and improve mobility, strength, balance and flexibility.”

Sean Reynolds, the chair of the Cheshire East Adult Safeguarding Board, added: “Most of us can now expect to live very much longer than our parents did and this provides opportunities to extend our contribution to family and community life – and this could be as carers, grandparents or volunteers.

“It helps to keep ourselves as fit, alert and healthy as possible, particularly during the cold, dark winter months. The Adult Safeguarding Board welcomes the efforts of the Council to publicise the wide variety of voluntary and private-sector programmes available to Cheshire East residents.

“Unfortunately, older people can also be victims of various forms of abuse, often in their own homes. The more social contact they have outside, the greater the opportunities for them to seek advice and support.”

Senior citizen’s lunches, which cost £3.50, take place every Tuesday and Thursday at 12.30pm at Knutsford Methodist Church and weekly free meditation classes are on offer at The MedShed, in Elworth, near Sandbach, on Tuesdays at 8pm.

Many more activities, including the popular Be Steady, Be Safe classes, which are designed to improve leg strength and balance in older people, can be found in Cheshire East’s comprehensive guide of things to do at: whatson.cheshireeast.gov.uk

For more information, call 01270 685794.

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