Winter protection advice

Mary Morgan (left) and Maureen Rogers with Hartlepool Borough Council's sports development officer Rachael Pringle (centre) learn Nordic walking
Mary Morgan (left) and Maureen Rogers with Hartlepool Borough Council's sports development officer Rachael Pringle (centre) learn Nordic walking

OLDER people took the opportunity to get advice and learn more about protecting themselves this winter.

Hartlepool’s 50+ Forum organised the Winter Protection Event which saw a number of organisations come together to give out advice.

Health trainers attended along with the flu prevention team, Connected Care, tele-carers, the benefits team, sport development and Cleveland Fire Brigade.

There was also help and information about cancer awareness and smoking cessation courses.

Representatives from the University of the Third Age (u3a) – which is an organisation for people no longer in full-time employment providing educational, creative and leisure opportunities in a friendly environment – also attended.

The Winter Protection Event was staged throughout Monday in the central square at Hartlepool’s Middleton Grange Shopping Centre.

Phyl Rafferty, 50+ development officer, said: “Winter is hazardous for older people and we wanted to give them as much information as possible.

“We organise an event for older people every year and this time we wanted to focus on winter protection.

“We were really pleased with how it went.

“It was a huge success and we had a lot of older people pop along throughout the day to find out more information.

“There was lots of information and advice and people were particularly keen to know about social groups, so it was great that we had representatives from groups like the University of the Third Age there.”

The Winter Protection Event was held just days before a civic event aimed at celebrating the contribution which older people make to local life.

The “At Home” event has been organised by Labour councillor Christopher Akers-Belcher, in his role as consort to Hartlepool Borough Council chairman, Labour councillor Stephen-Akers Belcher.

It will take place on Friday, October 5 in the Borough Hall, on the Headland, from 1.30pm to 4pm, to coincide with international Older People’s Week.

The celebration will be based around a tea dance, with other entertainment including a display of sequence dancing, songs from St Helen’s Primary School pupils, music from English Martyrs School and Sixth Form College’s Big Band and a chance to explore reminiscence boxes full of fascinating items from past decades.

There will also be information stands in the foyer, featuring a host of activities and services including the 50+ Forum, Connected Care and the Hartfields Reablement Team.

The event is free, but people needed to have registered by Monday, as previously reported.

For more information about the 50+ Forum call Hartlepool Voluntary Development Agency (HVDA) on (01429) 262641.