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Photo from Brave Bold Drama's performance as a part of CAF 2019

Celebrating Age Festival (CAF) takes place annually in October after the International Day of Older Persons on 1st October. The month-long festival aims to challenge stereotypes and recognise the contribution of older people in society. In the past, we have collaborated with Bristol Festival of Ideas and Bristol City Council to deliver a range of events and information.  

Due to the Coronavirus, we have had to adapt the festival this year to become a combination of online and offline socially distanced activities and events for people to enjoy. We have also made the decision to extend the festival until the end of November to maximise the opportunity for feel good activities during a challenging time.

This year we have split the activities and events taking place into three sections: Online, Over the phone and In person. Please click on the headings below to see what’s going on. This list will be updated regularly throughout the month so if you don’t find anything today, do check back again.

Online

Online art classes run by Age UK Bristol and Bristol Art for All
What: We will explore optional themes with students to develop a project using art materials you already have at home. We will come together as a group to support and inspire one another. No skill or experience needed just the willingness to have a go.
When: Every Tuesday, 2-3.30pm
Cost: Free
Contact: Email linkage@ageukbristol.org.uk or call 0117 929 7537.

Online Shared Reading
What: Shared Reading is run by the charity The Reader and brings people together to listen to stories and poems and talk about what they mean to us in free, weekly groups. These meet-ups can happen via computer or telephone call. There’s no pressure to read or to talk and you don’t need to be a keen reader to take part. A trained volunteer leads the sessions and helps everyone get the most out of it.
When: Every Tuesday, 11-12pm
Cost: Free
Contact: Contact Michael Prior on 07949 143 022 or email michaelprior@thereader.org.uk

Online Musical Tea with Playlist for Life
What: We want everyone living with dementia to have their own personal playlist of songs and for those who love and care for them to know how to use it effectively. We can all benefit from a personal playlist, so join us for a Musical Tea and bring your own cuppa, a cake - and some of your favourite music memories!
When: 3pm-4pm on:Tuesday 27 October,Tuesday 17 November,Tuesday 24 November
Cost: Free
Contact: Contact Gill Roberts in advance to book places gill@playlistforlife.org.uk Tel: 07712 273947

Online Seated Gentle Exercise
What: Gentle exercise that is accessible for all.
When: Every Wednesday, 10.30 - 11.30
Cost: Free
Contact: Knowle West Health Park agarrahy@yahoo.co.uk 07731 451885

Online Gym workout with The Clifton Exercise Club
What: This involves a full body workout, achievable by anyone, regardless of previous fitness levels and strengthens your arms, legs, back and core. The workout can be chair -based or standing depending on your ability level.
When: Every Friday, 11.45 - 12.15
Cost: Free
Contact: Contact Ross Campbell on 07587552653 or at enquiries@theexerciseclub.co.uk to join the session.

Telephone

Friends Ageing Better Telephone Catch-Up Cafe

What: During the call we read an interesting short piece on South Bristol local history, followed by a friendly chat where we can discuss the topic and share stories and anecdotes. You don’t need to live in South Bristol to join, everyone welcome!
When: Every Tuhursday, 3-4pm
Cost: Free
Contact: Call the Support Hub Helpline on 0117 929 7527 and ask about the FAB telephone groups and we will let you know the details to join in. No special tech needed, just a telephone or mobile.

Telephone Shared Reading Group
What: Shared Reading is run by the charity The Reader and brings people together to listen to stories and poems and talk about what they mean to us in free, weekly groups. These meet-ups can happen via computer or telephone call. There’s no pressure to read or to talk and you don’t need to be a keen reader to take part. A trained volunteer leads the sessions and helps everyone get the most out of it.
When: Every Thursday, 11-12pm
Cost: Free
Contact: Contact Michael Prior on 07949 143 022 or email michaelprior@thereader.org.uk

In person

This webpage will be regularly updated so if you don't find anything today, check back again another day. 

If you would like to take part in CAF and submit an event or activity, please email us at admin@ageukbristol.org.uk

During CAF, Age UK Bristol will be running three main events: an arts competition, shining stars award and an online open mic night. Find out more below. 

Art Competition

Find your artistic side and share it with the world! Making art and being creative is good for your mind and soul.

Age UK Bristol is celebrating the art of people over 50 and you are invited to join in. It is easy to participate and you could win a prize.

  • Create some art. This could be a drawing, pottery, painting, knitting, collage, mixed media, or anything in between. We accept all types of art, from artist of all levels, novice to expert.
  • The only rule to this competition is that you have to be 50 years or older to enter
    1. We love families creating art together, so joint entries are accepted. Spend some quality grandparent/grandchild time and make some art.
  • Take a photo of the art and share it with Age UK Bristol
    1. Share on your social media and tag us @ageukbristol #CAF2020 #AUKBArt
    2. Take a photo and send it by email to linkage@ageukbristol.org.uk.
    3. If you email it in, make sure you give us permission to share on our social media. Otherwise we won’t be able to share it.
  • Send in photos of your art by the 30th November
  • Winners will be selected on the 4th December
    1. Four winners will be selected for a prize. We will have a couple of Bristol artists pick out the four lucky winners! We will get in touch with the winning entries to sort out delivery.

 

 

Shining Stars Award

Do you know someone aged 50+ who goes above and beyond in their community? Age UK Bristol is seeking nominations for our Shining Stars Award. As part of the 2020 Celebrating Age Festival, Age UK Bristol is looking for those Shining Stars in our community who make Bristol a wonderful place to live.

You can nominate yourself, your family member, friend or neighbour. Send us a paragraph telling us how you or your nomination goes above and beyond in giving back to the community. This could be something that they did before Covid-19, during lockdown, or now. Please include contact information so we can get in touch.

Would you be happy for us to share your story on our website and social media? We would love to have a showcase to highlight all of the great work older people are doing in the community.

Nominations are accepted now until the 5th January. We will be putting stories on the website as they come in. We will be randomly selecting four lucky Shining Stars for a prize. Winners to be selected in January.

Fill in your nomination online by clicking here. 

Alternatively, you can download the nomination form and email it back to Linkage@ageukbristol.org.uk 

 

Open Mic Night

Are you over 50? Would you like to join in our Open Mic Night (over Zoom)?

Celebrating Age Open Mic Night

  • Date: Wednesday, 25th November
  • Time: Starting at 5pm
  • Length of show TBD
  • Venue: Your front room (via zoom)

Join Age UK Bristol in our Celebrating Age Open Mic Night. Do you sing, play an instrument, read poetry or do some comedy ? Get in touch today to get your slot in our Open Mic Night. You can have up to 10 minutes to perform to the audience and show us what you can do.

This is an informal and interactive evening to showcase the talents of older people in Bristol. Sign up today to join in the evening. Feel free to come and listen, even if you don’t want to sing or play. It will be a fun night. Sign up by emailing comms@ageukbristol.org.uk or calling 0117 9297537. We will send you the Zoom link the day before by email.

We provide the Zoom and the Emcee, you provide the entertainment and a drink. Join us for a fun evening