Published on 14th July 2017

Hands together in a group

As part of the Heads Up year of action to encourage good mental health in Cheltenham, Cheltenham Partnership is organising a free event all about managing change positively in older age.

Guest speaker Mary Morgan from Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group will open the event with a talk, and then there will be four 45 minute workshops, from which attendees can choose two.

The themes for the workshops are ‘care and independence’, which will provide support and advice about planning for the future; ‘healthy lifestyles’, which will look at how to keep up a healthy lifestyle and where to find support if needed; ‘do things you enjoy’, which will help participants find out what’s happening in their area and ways in which they might share some of their skills and knowledge to help others; and ‘be active, sleep well, relax and have a break’, which will cover what support is available to help keep active and overcoming barriers to becoming more active.

A range of different organisations will lead the sessions and talk about what is available in Cheltenham to support positive change in older age.

There will also be stands where different organisations will be giving out information on a one-to-one basis. These include Gloucestershire Healthy Lifestyles, Carers Gloucestershire, Age UK, Community Connexions, Cheltenham Senior Community Voice, Gloucestershire Rural Community Council, Gloucestershire Care Services, Cheltenham Borough Homes, Neil Gayler and Co, The Cheltenham Trust, Offshial Foods (with tasters!), and Change Grow Live.

The event is free of charge and open to anyone who is interested in learning more about managing change positively as they get older. To book a place, please call 01242 774960 or email [email protected]

Angela Gilbert, from Gloucestershire Rural Community Council and chair of the planning group for the event says: “Early planning can make such a difference in later life.  We know that we will change as we get older, and this event aims to help raise awareness of what is available in Cheltenham to support change positively”.

Cllr Flo Clucas, who will also be at the event, continues: “We hope this will be a really useful and informative event as part of our year long Heads Up Cheltenham campaign to support good mental health and that it will a provide a valuable chance to meet with a range of organisations that can offer support or advice all in one place.”

For media enquiries, contact: Laura Carter, communications officer, telephone 01242 775050, email [email protected]