For the third year in succession, Age UK Bedfordshire was asked to organise, on behalf of Bedford Borough Council, an Ageing Well Exhibition in Bedford Corn Exchange - a large and well known central venue in Bedford. The exhibition attracts over 500 older people each year.
This year we had over 40 exhibitors, providing information and advice on subjects as diverse as Benefit Entitlements, Dance and Exercise Classes, Hand Massage and the benefits of becoming friends of Milton Keynes Theatre.
We also had entertainment provided by local musicians, yoga experts and from members of an Indian Classic Dance group. Free refreshments were provided to all visitors and exhibitors as was a prize draw with the star prize of a Sony HD Television.
The feedback from visitors stated that 44% thought the exhibition was “good” and 55% was “excellent”. A truly great day was had by all.
Although, putting on such a big exhibition requires considerable effort by the Chief Officer, Karen Perry and her team, the rewards are many fold, especially when reading the individual letters received from visitors saying how much they enjoyed their day and how they benefited from it. Jo Rising, Facilities and Support Services Manager said “The effort was well worth it and all staff and volunteers very much enjoyed working together on the day, to ensure the whole event was so successful.