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Age UK West Sussex celebrates Older People's Day on 1st October

21 September 2017

We are celebrating the achievements and contributions that older people make to our society on Older People's Day.

The celebrations, which will take place at our activity centres and community clubs, will be held on, or around, 1 October and will promote health and wellbeing and provide practical information and advice for people living in older age.

In addition to our usual packed activity schedules including Laughing Yoga, Tai Chi, art and crafts we are hosting lunches, coffee mornings and discussion groups to celebrate older life.

And, for those who are new to our centres we are also offering a free tea or coffee voucher* so older people can join us for a cuppa and see what Age UK West Sussex can offer them!

Diane Henderson, CEO, said: “In truth, every day is Older People’s Day for a charity dedicated to helping older people in West Sussex get the most out of life. We hope many of our older residents will take part in the activities as we celebrate and acknowledge their contribution to our communities.”

The events launch on Monday 25th September with a ‘get together’ at the Crawley Centre with music across each decade and a talk about the benefits of being older and life experiences. Then on Wednesday 27th there’s a coffee morning, at The Laurels Day Centre in Rustington.


On Sunday 1st October, which is also Silver Sunday, Age UK West Sussex’s Laburnum Centre & Gym is hosting an Older People’s Celebration providing a series of seminars and activities for those living with dementia in our community. The event, which is being supported by Irwin Mitchell and Dementia Action Alliance, costs £5 per person, and will include guest speakers, information stands from local organisations and a two-course Sunday Carvery lunch.


Our Adur Club members will be visiting Shoreham Fire Station for an informal fire safety session and coffee morning on Monday 2nd October and celebrations will culminate with a Spanish Flamenco dance display at the Haywards Heath Centre on Sunday 15th.

Older People's Day is celebrated on 1st October across the UK to coincide with the UN International Day of the Older Person.


For further information / photo opportunities about these events please call your local centre:

Littlehampton - 01903 792050

Bognor Regis - 01243 827185 

Adur - 07904 976736 

Burgess Hill - 01444 236497 

Haywards Heath - 01444 450248 

Crawley - 01293 544144


Alternatively a high res image can be downloaded here:


*Free tea and coffee voucher is for non-members only and limited to one time use. 

Information for editors: Media Contact Please contact Vicki Rayment on 01903 792025 / 07904 570812 or email  

The history of our organisation Age Concern West Sussex was founded in 1957 by West Sussex County Council with staff seconded by the Council to manage its affairs. In 1972, the organisation changed its name from West Sussex Association of Elderly People to Age Concern West Sussex, and in 1980 the organisation first employed staff independently of the Council. In April 2010 we changed our name to Age UK West Sussex (AWS).


Over its long history, AWS has moved from a focus on ‘welfare’ to developing a role in the policy and planning of services for older people across the county. Our core staff has grown from several part-time volunteers to a large team of paid and volunteer staff. AWS is an independent charity and a member of the Age England Association. We are a Brand partner with Age UK. AWS is financially supported by West Sussex County Council, NHS West Sussex, Arun, Crawley and Mid Sussex District Councils. Other funding is made up of project grants, donations and legacies and commission from the sale of our insurance products. We are developing cost effective paid for services too.

AWS is managed by a Board of Trustees; members are elected for three year terms. The Board meets every 2 months. Trustees delegate the day-to-day management of the organisation to the Chief Executive.


Our organisation today Age UK West Sussex provides services and support to anyone in later life throughout West Sussex. In addition to the county-wide Information and Advice service there are clubs and centres offering activities for fun, friendship, food and health in Crawley, Haywards Heath, Burgess Hill, Littlehampton, Bognor and Adur areas. There are also Home from Hospital, Relative Support, Take Home and Settle and Help at Home services available. For further information about our services please call 01903 731800.


More information about Age UK West Sussex as an organisation is available from Vicki Rayment as above or via the charity’s head office in Littlehampton by emailing or via the website