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Roll up, roll up: The Full of Life Fair is not only coming to town, but to your local community

Date: Monday 16 September 2019
Author: Councillor Piers Allen
Title: Chair of the Adult Social Services, Health and Housing Services Committee

As we enter the second year of our administration, one of the annual events I have really been looking forward to is the Full of Life Fair, the flagship event for residents aged over 55. It brings together stallholders, including local businesses, voluntary groups and public services from across the borough, offering information and advice in a lively and fun environment, with demonstrations and talks, live music and dance, and the chance to meet old friends and new.

As well as the main event at the RFU Stadium in Twickenham on Friday 4 October, this year there is also a programme of Full of Life Community Action mini-fairs running for two weeks either side of the fair. These have a focus on opportunities for residents who want to get involved in their local communities. The mini-fairs will bring together local groups and charities with residents from their local community, who may now have time in their lives to give back or want to discover the opportunities in their local area. Residents can register for their local events in Hampton, Twickenham, Richmond and Barnes.

There is lots of evidence that volunteering is one of the best ways to live well and age well and give back to our communities. Being active in your local community can help stem one of the blights of our modern age - loneliness in older people.

We have also pulled together a calendar of events and activities (pdf, 262 KB) that are running alongside the Full of Life programme and are available specifically for older residents. Many of these run all year round, so I encourage you to take time in September and October to explore what is on offer and hopefully find a new hobby you can enjoy for many years to come.

So please try to come along if you can, signpost to residents looking for support in their local area and help contribute to the life-enhancing communities we all live in that can help so much in giving people the chance to live as independently as possible, for as long as possible.

Updated: 24 March 2021