Age Friendly Island’s second annual Celebrating Age Festival begins on International Older Persons Day, Sunday 1st October with events all week to Saturday 7th October 2017.  
The Festival promotes the richness and diversity of the Isle of Wight’s communities with events to interest all Islanders, whether you are looking to indulge in familiar activities or discover something entirely new.
Festival highlights include our Tea on the Sea with Red Funnel, the Wild About Wight Safari with Vectis Housing, the Community Eng-Agement Day offering many different workshops centered around civic participation and employment and the Time and Tide visual arts tasters with Independent Arts.  
We have many regular favourites that are open to all including coffee afternoons, SingAbout groups, Men in Sheds open afternoon, Knit and Natter sessions, poetry groups, Creative Café, Carers IW drop-in and the Oddfellows cards afternoon.
Or maybe you’d like to try a new exercise such as Chair Yoga, DanceMakers or a Heritage Health Walk.
A major highlight of the Festival is our Celebrating Age Awards on Thursday 5th October where we will be celebrating the fantastic contribution that older people make to the Isle of Wight at the annual awards held at Lakeside Spa Hotel.
Please be aware that while most events are free of charge, some require booking in advance. All booking details can be found in the event listing.
Age Friendly Island is delighted to coordinate the Celebrating Age Festival with numerous generous partners committed to celebrating older Island residents and bringing our communities together. We thank them for their support.
To find out about Age Friendly Island visit: www.agefriendlyisland.org, email: hello@agefriendlyisland.org or call (01983) 525282.
Thank you and enjoy the festival!

Winners of the Celebrating Age Awards 2017 (left to right): Paul Shilling, Rosie Macdonald, Terry Clarkson, Ernie Howard, Shane Randall, Martin Hoy, Peter Cobb, Anne Hoy, John Berry, Doreen Britton, Judy Dunn, June Ring, Val Luter, Fred Issac.

Age Friendly Island’s second annual Celebrating Age Festival started on International Older Persons Day, Sunday 1st October and had events all week to Saturday 7th October 2017.  Over 400 people took part in events all over the Island, thank you to everyone who supported the festival.  

A highlight of the festival was the third Celebrating Age Awards which celebrated the achievements of local older people

The event was sponsored by Wright Estate Agency and hosted by the Age Friendly Island team within Age UK Isle of Wight (Age UKIW).

Paul Grimes from Wright Estate Agents stated: “The evening was a great success ... a modest and understated recognition of the enormous efforts of all the nominees, that elicited a quiet but much deserved personal pride. To people that give so selflessly these acknowledgements are small in their own way but huge in the eyes of the individuals and organisations concerned.”

There were 8 awards given out in a variety of categories with some very deserving nominees and winners.

Age Friendly Entrepreneur Award Winner - Angel IW Radio (Martin Hoy & Anne Hoy)

Sponsored by Isle of Wight Chamber of Commerce

Age Friendly Team Award Winner - IW Citizens Advice

Sponsored by Co-Operative stores

Age Friendly Volunteer Award Winner - Doreen Britton

Sponsored by Red Funnel

Age Friendly Arm in Arm Award Winner - Citizen to Citizen Project - Ernie Howard, Peter Cobb, Chris James, Brian Nordbruch, Terry Clarkson and Paul Shilling

Sponsored by Southern Housing Group

Age Friendly Challenge Award Winner - Shane Randall

Sponsored by Sainsbury’s

Age Friendly Contribution to the Community Award - John Berry

Sponsored by Southern Vectis

Age Friendly Active Person Award Winner - Fred Issac

Sponsored by Tesco

Age Friendly Impact Award Winner – June Ring 

Sponsored by Learning Links

We would also like to congratulate all of the shortlisted nominees who were noted for their efforts:

Malcom Hood, Liz Christopher, Colin Caldicott, Alan Truckel, Marian Kennet, Roger Scott-Roberts, Marilyn Bersey, Hammie Tappenden, Toni Goodley, Joan Livingstone, Karl Love, David Lumley, Danielle Burgess, John Berry and Carolyn Sibley.

Andrew Wickham from Southern Vectis stated: “As Southern Vectis is an integral part of the Isle of Wight community, it was a pleasure to sponsor a Celebrating Age Award, and an honour to present the award to John Berry, a most worthy winner. We work hard to ensure our services are accessible, enjoyable and safe for older people, and it was uplifting to see the good work being carried out by so many people on the Island”.

June Ring winner of the Age Friendly Impact Award said: “I would like to thank everyone for my award, I was just so surprised (shocked).I have been so lucky, I have received so much support from so many people over the years, Dick my late husband was my rock, my family and from pub customers to the West Wight W.C.T group and of course the intrepid Fire Fighter. The ladies of Yarmouth who make cakes and run the coffee mornings and Fran who nominated me.  I have met so many wonderful and brave people made many friends and feel I have been privileged.

Pictured above: Kelvin Wright and June Ring

Well done everyone and thank you to all our sponsors.

Thank you and we hoped you enjoyed the festival!

The Celebrating Age Festival is hosted by Age Friendly Island and funded through the Big Lottery Fund.  It is a part of the Ageing Better programme of projects and initiatives working to make the Isle of Wight a great place for older people to live.  More details can be found here: Ageing Better Programme.

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