Health drive launched

WHEELY GOOD: Front from left, participant Anthony Simms and Vela's Matthew Trueman with (back from left) Noreen Oliver and Brenda Pearse
WHEELY GOOD: Front from left, participant Anthony Simms and Vela's Matthew Trueman with (back from left) Noreen Oliver and Brenda Pearse
0
Have your say

A CAMPAIGN to encourage over 50s and disabled people to live full and active lives has been launched.

Tristar Homes, which operates properties in Billingham, and active travel charity Sustrans came together as part of the social landlord’s Full of Life campaign which saw 50 of its customers attend Stockton’s Cycle Festival.

As part of the event, Tristar hosted a Full of Life zone, which included a range of adapted and dual control bikes for people needing extra support.

The zone was used to help raise awareness of the campaign and celebrate the organisations older generation while providing customers in the borough with useful information and advice about what is available locally to keep fit.

Tracey Rix-Mason, head of customer involvement at Vela, which incorporates Housing Hartlepool and Tristar Homes, said: “Giving our older customers the opportunity to pass on their skills and experiences and enjoy being actively engaged in their communities is one of our key priorities.

“We also recognise any activities which will benefit our disabled customers who may need additional support and feel proud that Tristar can make a difference with our on-going commitment.”

Tristar wanted to be involved in the project after studies indicated that people are living longer, and that there is a growing population of older people across the UK.

It was reported that by 2020, half the population of the UK will be aged 50 and over. The Government launched the Full of Life campaign, which has been backed by Tdristar Homes. Further activities are now being arranged including organised walks and the creation of a Full of Life club. For more information please contact Tristar Homes on 0300 111 000 or visit www.velagroup.co.uk.