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Positive Ageing Month 2020

Positive Ageing Month 2020


Throughout October, Positive Ageing Month will celebrate the contribution that Mid Ulster’s older citizens make to their local communities. With a mix of events to enable older people to connect, both virtually through online sessions and physically where possible within COVID-19 guidelines taking place, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.


Mid Ulster Wheelies

Dates: From Thursday 1 October, 11am – 11.45am for six weeks

Cost: Free

Gentle cycling for seniors using our state of the art audio visual screen to create virtual cycles through the Scottish Highlands as you enjoy gentle exercise in our socially distanced spin studio. Make new friends and rediscover the joy of getting on your bike, without any of the hassle. 

To book: Telephone Cookstown Leisure Centre on 028 8676 3853


PLACE-EE Transnational Cultural Heritage Archive Webinar

Date: Friday 2 October, 2pm – 3.30pm

Cost: Free

Digital Archiving of Cultural Heritage: The involvement of older people and intergenerational approaches. PLACE-EE has researched, collated and recorded important cultural heritage across 4 rural and isolated regions of Europe (NI, Ireland, Iceland, Sweden).  

Speakers: 
Vicki Titterington, Linking Generations NI
Lynsey Gillespie, Public Record Office NI
Roger O’Sullivan, Institute of Public Health Ireland

To book: Delivered by Zoom: register in advance for this webinar.


Ageing Well Mondays and Wednesdays 

Dates: Starting Monday 5 October, 11.30am – 1pm

Cost: Free to Members / £3 for non-members

Light exercise class with like-minded people. 

To book: Telephone Greenvale Leisure Centre on 028 7963 2796


Positive Ageing Month Book of the Week

Dates: Starting Monday 5 October 

Every Monday in October Libraries NI will recommend a book that will inspire, enlighten and challenge your perception of ageing.

Follow on twitter @LibNIDigital 


20/20 60 + (Gentle Exercise) Class

Dates: Starts Monday 5 October and Wednesday 7 October, 10am – 10.45am 

Cost: £2

Gentle exercise class, 20 minute spin bike, 20 minute light exercise 

To book: Telephone Dungannon Leisure Centre on 028 8772 0370


Every Body Active Walking Group 

Dates: From Monday 5 October 
Mondays: 11am – 12.30pm, Pomeroy Forest 
Wednesdays: 10-11.30am, Clonoe Community Centre 

Cost: Free

Walking programme for people of all abilities. Enjoy the outdoors with friends and incorporate daily exercise into your daily routine

To book: Telephone 07917 543 950


Macmillan Move More Walking Programme

Dates: Starts Wednesday 7 October

Cost: Free

Walking programme for people of all abilities. Enjoy the outdoors with friends and incorporate daily exercise into your daily routine. 

To book: Telephone Conor on 07788 682 163


More Money in your Pocket

Date: Wednesday 7 October, 3pm - 4pm

Cost: Free

Join Brenda Kearns from Age NI for a summary of entitlements that you might be able to claim. 

To book: Delivered via Zoom, to reserve your place call 028 90 892606


Crafty Café at Seamus Heaney HomePlace

Dates: From Wednesday 7 October, 1.15pm - 3.15pm 

Cost: Free

Be inspired by the literary legacy of Seamus Heaney and embrace this introduction to water based painting, uncover your creativity, and enjoy developing a new skill, make friends in our socially distanced River Room. Each participant will receive their own watercolour palette, brushes and paper to take the first steps of their artistic journey.

This free beginners painting course for participants of all levels and abilities. Address loneliness and isolation by developing a new creative skill in an informal socially distanced cafe style setting.

To book: call 028 7938 7444


Listen Share Change Taster Session

Dates: Thursday 8 October at 11am, Tuesday 13 October at 3pm, Friday 23 October at 11am

Cost: Free

Why not set up digital Listen Share Change for your group to come together and have a chat! We use storytelling to help people start a conversation, have a laugh and make new friendships. Participants can take part in an online session using Zoom or by phone using a Freephone number. Sessions will last for approximately 45 minutes - 1 hour.

To book: Delivered by Zoom Link. For more information phone 028 7126 6946


Every Body Active 2020 Inclusive Gym

Dates: Friday 9 October to Friday 30 October, 11.30am – 12.30pm
Meadowbank Sports Arena

Cost: £2 per week 

Ideal for those with physical and mobility needs, Kathleen and Stephen are on hand to guide you through use of the gym equipment to help with flexibility and mobility. 

To book: Contact Kathleen on 07974 192 656 or Stephen on 07917 543 950


Be Ready NI

Date: Tuesday 13 October, 2.30pm - 3.30pm

Cost: Free 

Come and hear from Claire Carlton Resilience Manager Belfast Emergency Preparedness Group on being prepared for all types of emergencies from severe weather warnings, flood and other crisis situations. Via Zoom 

To book: call 07713684705 or email postiveageingmonth@belfastcity.gov.uk 


Learning and Older People

Date: Wednesday 14 October, 2pm

Interactive webinar with speakers looking at learning provision for older people and its benefits. Participants will be encouraged to share views on how provision in NI could be improved. 

To book: Register via Eventbrite


Shop well, store well, eat well ideas

Date: Thursday 15 October, 2pm 

Cost: Free

Join Grainne, a Dietitian from Active Belfast Team to learn about what good staples to have in cupboards and how to eat well when shopping less via Zoom 

To book: call 07713684705 or email postiveageingmonth@belfastcity.gov.uk


Slow Down Afternoon at The Ulster American Folk Museum (Omagh)

Date: Friday 16 October, arrive from 3pm to 4pm 

Enjoy the museum FREE and at a slower pace 

To book: call 028 9039 5292 and quote ACCESS 3


Do you want to understand your pension and finances? 

Date: Tuesday 27 October, 10.30am - 12pm

These sessions are funded by the National Lottery and are open to individuals aged 50+ . This overview will allow participants to take stock of where they are now and where they want to be in later life. Improve confidence and motivation; gain focus and direction for future planning.

Topics covered: Your state pension, understanding types of private pensions, Tax rates and the impact on drawing down a pension Loans and interest rates, Budget planning, Debt/APR rates  Legal issues to consider in later life. Delivered via Microsoft Teams. 

To Register: contact Rosie at rosie.smyth@ageni.org or telephone 07918148575


Career and health & wellbeing virtual session

Date: Wednesday 28 October, 10.30am - 12pm

Cost: Free

Do you need support with career change/promotion or finding a job and leading a healthy life? These sessions are funded by the National Lottery and are open to individuals aged 50+.

Learning aims: This overview will allow participants to take stock of where they are now and where they want to be in later life. Improve confidence and motivation; gain focus and direction for future planning.

Topics Covered: Career planning, Transferable skills, and work values, Caring and your rights in work , Impact of a sedentary lifestyle, Psychological factors impacting our mental health during lockdown , Managing your mental wellbeing during and post COVID-19, Gentle exercises and breath work to relieve stress. Delivered via Microsoft Teams. 

To register: Contact rosie.smyth@ageni.org or telephone 07918148575


For further information


Contact our Health and Well-Being Officer
Telephone: 03000 132 132
Email: environmentalhealth@midulstercouncil.org 

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