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The United Nations Older People's Day is usually celebrated enthusiastically in Reading by us all here at Age UK Berkshire. This year, in these unprecended circumstances, the Older People's Day Planning Group is hoping to do something a little different, and on their behalf we are inviting you all to be a part of it! 

The aim of the Older People’s Day 2020 Memory Project is to capture a snapshot of this unique time and how it affected the older people of Reading.

Using the stories and materials created to make a record of older people's thoughts, memories and experiences of this time, future generations will understand what was experienced and how it felt.

If you are an older person, we'd love to hear from you! If you work with older people, please encourage them or help them to take part.

What do you need you to do?

You can record/write down/film older people’s thoughts about how this time has felt to them.

· What did they like?

· What didn’t they like?

· Did it evoke any memories or feelings?

· What did they do differently?

· What did they miss most of all?

This could include photos, words, poems, thoughts of family, a video or pictures of their garden.

It doesn’t have to be long, just long enough to capture the moment.

So, how do I get involved? 

Please send an email to: opwg@reading.gov.uk with the following details: 

  • Your name and the name of the person you are writing on behalf of 
  • Their age 
  • Your contact information (optional)
  • Their input into the Memory Project. 

Alternatively, you can send your submission by post to: 

Nina Crispin, Public Health and Wellbeing Team, Civic Centre, Bridge Street, Reading RG1 2LU. 

Please send your submissions before October 1st 2020. 

Two older men celebrating Older People's Day with Age UK Berkshire