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Weekly Edition - Publication date:- 2017-30-09

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Liverpool Gets Happy for the International Day of Older Persons

LOCAL older people and the people and organisations that work with them are invited to join the Happy Older People Network (HOP) for a special networking and activity day in celebration of the International Day of Older Persons on 2 October 2017.  The HOP network consists of a variety of arts organisations, healthcare providers, older people, housing associations and community groups all working together to make a positive difference in the lives of older people.  New members are encouraged to come along to find out more about HOP at this event, where they can hear more about the work of members, discover new arts, culture and wellbeing initiatives and make new friends and connections.  The event is being funded by Liverpool City Council.

Rachael Treacher, Happy Older People Project Manager at Open Culture, said:- "It's brilliant that the HOP network has brought so many organisations, community groups and people with an interest in older people to the network meeting and activity day on the 2 October. Using art and culture to enrich the lives of older people is really important because it helps to reduce social isolation and supports their health and wellbeing; this is exactly what HOP has achieved since it formed in 2014."

Claire Benjamin, Deputy Director, Education and Visitors at National Museums Liverpool, said:- "We are delighted with the success of the HOP network and our collaboration with Liverpool City Council to raise awareness of the International Day of Older Persons. We want to celebrate the achievements and creativity of older people in this great City, and believe the HOP network will enable Liverpool to fulfil its ambition to become Age Friendly."

From 11am The HOP Marketplace will feature exhibition stands from member organisations at Museum of Liverpool (Education Area 1) providing information about Wheel Meet Again (Charity Award Winner), House of Memories, Healthiness Ltd, Good Gym, HealthWatch, Healthy Homes and others. 

Live Ukelele performance from The League of Well Dooers; 12.30pm (Atrium) and 1.15pm (outside Education Room 3)

At 1.30 to 3.30pm the network meeting will take place in Education Room 3 with a programme of speakers and brief presentations including:-

Carol Rogers MBE, Executive Director, Education and Visitors at National Museums Liverpool.

Councillor Sharon Connor, Labour Councillor for Allerton and Hunts Cross, Assistant Cabinet Member for Health and Social Care and Mayoral Lead for Future Housing Options

Rachael Treacher, Happy Older People; updating the network about the 2017 HOP Funding Pot activities and premiere of HOP Pot film.

Emily Gee and FACT will present work from the Digital Ambassadors films and demonstrate some of the amazing projects that older adults are creating.

Natalie Markham Liverpool City Council; speaking about the Older People's Commissioning Agenda.

Amanda Stonehouse, HealthWatch.

Alex Kenmure, GoodGym;  a unique approach to building community cohesion, promoting fitness and reducing social isolation.

Fact File:- National Museums Liverpool created Happy Older People back in 2014, to produce and develop a network of organisations with the aim of finding collaborative ways to engage local older people in arts and culture.


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