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University Preparing to Host Local 'Active Age' Festival

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Age UK Herefordshire and Worcestershire’s third annual Active Age Festival will take place at the University of Worcester’s Riverside building this Saturday.

The event, which is free for anyone over 50, and carers and helpers, will give attendees the opportunity to try new activities and meet representatives from the club and groups from around Worcester which welcome the over 50s.

Free taster sessions in areas such as exercise, dance and crafts will be held, while information, health advice and therapies will also be available.

Bronwen Fragiotta, of Age UK Herefordshire and Worcestershire, explains: “Our aim is to get as many people as possible to come on the day and just ‘have a go’ at an activity. Visitors will be able to talk to the activity leaders and find out what activities they might like to continue more regularly.

“We have put together a timetable of 15 very different activities from which attendees can try out one, or up to four, taster sessions. Activities range from Art workshops to Line Dancing, and for the first time this year we have Yoga, Zumba Gold, and even Mobility Scooter proficiency!”

At present, the University of Worcester welcomes over 200 people aged over 60 to various sports classes each week, with over 60s basketball and netball proving to be particularly popular.

Dr Susie Hart, Director of Sport Partnerships and Community Engagement at the University, adds: “Physical fitness and mental health are essential components of independent living and social engagement. The Festival represents a valuable showcase of collaboration between local organisations with a shared interest in the wellbeing of our senior population.”

Age UK Herefordshire and Worcestershire is an independent charity working with and for the over 50s, their families, friends and carers in the two counties and promoting the benefits of physical activity among this age group.