Healthwatch Central Bedfordshire 10th Annual Festival for Older People

Central Bedfordshire residents are invited to come and join in a celebration linked to International Day of Older Persons.

Healthwatch Central Bedfordshire will be hosting its annual Festival for Older People, now in its 10th year, at the Rufus Centre, Steppingley Road, Flitwick, MK45 1AH, on 1 October 2021 from 10.00 – 14.30.

Healthwatch Central Bedfordshire is the local consumer champion promoting choice and influencing the provision of high quality health, social care and wellbeing services for all across Central Bedfordshire.

As well as being a social event, it is also an opportunity for older people to receive information about health, social care and housing services available locally and how to access them.

Helen Nellis, HM Lord Lieutenant of Bedfordshire, said of the virtual festival held last year:

“People who are slightly older are full of wisdom and full of experience and we need to hear that voice. I just wanted to thank you all so much. I am delighted that there are so many organisations participating this week…to make the lives of our older citizens better in so many ways.”

Healthwatch Central Bedfordshire be joined by exhibitors from many statutory and voluntary organisations and local groups offering advice and information about local services for older people, including leisure activities, holistic services and much, much more.

All working together to engage the older community and promote their wellbeing, there will be plenty of free refreshments and entertainment throughout the day, such as May Blossom, a vintage inspired singer with renditions of 50’s and 60’s music, Escape2VR virtual reality wellbeing and entertainment, complementary therapies and treatments will be available in the Wellbeing room and Mobility Physio will be going through some gentle exercises.

Blood pressure checks will be available on the day and Macmillan Cancer Support will be selling cakes donated by volunteers, Meal Time and Central Bedfordshire College.

COVID Safety – free hand sanitiser and masks will be available and we recommend that visitors have received both vaccinations and do not have any COVID symptoms prior to entry.

For more information about the event, visit the website, or contact Healthwatch Central Bedfordshire by email or on 0300 303 8554.