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Council’s Fun Packed Full of Life Event Celebrates Older People’s Day

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READING will be celebrating National Older People’s Day this October with a free fun packed afternoon event highlighting the contribution older people make to the Reading community.

The free event at Rivermead Leisure Centre runs from 1.30 to 4.30pm on Friday 14th October, with free parking available and light refreshments provided.

The Mayor of Reading and Cllr Rachel Eden, Reading’s Lead Member for Adult Social Care, will introduce the afternoon’s activities. This will be followed by a plethora of entertainment including; choir performances, guest speakers and music, as well as stalls offering information on a wide variety of local services.

A series of activities and events for older people are also taking place across the borough between 3rd to 7th October at various locations.

Lead Councillor for Adult Social Care, Rachel Eden said:“Older People’s Day is a lovely chance to celebrate later life and the huge contribution older people make to our communities. This wonderful free event aims to celebrate these achievements and I’d encourage people to come along and join us on 14th October.

“There is also a great variety of group events to look forward to between 3rd and 7th October with the opportunity to try a variety of interesting activities – ranging from dancing, singing and socials, to bowls, bridge and bingo – at venues across the town, promoting a lively social life and continued fitness in later life.”

The event is organised by local organisations in partnership with the council and members of the Older Persons Working Group. For more information call 0118 937 2383 or email

If people are interested in volunteering at the event, please contact the Reading Voluntary Action on 01189 37 2273 or register online at:

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