Bexley’s popular Ageing Well event returns

Bexley is hosting its second Ageing Well event in October for local older residents, their families and carers to find out more about the wide range of support, opportunities and activities in the borough.

The free event is taking place on Saturday 20 October from 11am to 4pm at the Civic Offices in Bexleyheath. Over 30 partner organisations will be on hand to showcase the work they do and how they can support older people to keep happy, healthy and active, as well as getting involved in their local community.

To coincide with the event, the Council has launched a special Ageing Well magazine. The first of its kind, this new publication aims to capture all the information, advice and support available for older residents on the day of the event and more. The magazine will be available digitally online and to pick up for free at all libraries in the borough, as well as on the day at the Ageing Well event.

Last year’s event attracted more than 250 people and feedback from visitors was positive, with 99% rating the event as ‘excellent’ or ‘very good’. More than 30 partner organisations and community service providers, including Age UK, Mind in Bexley, Contact the Elderly, Alzheimer’s Society, Bexley’s leisure centres and Bexley libraries were on hand to give advice, support and information to visitors.

Cllr Brad Smith, Cabinet Member for Adults’ Services said: “Our brilliant borough truly is one of the best places to love and enjoy later life. There is a huge support network in Bexley, as well as lots of events, activities and volunteering opportunities that older residents can benefit from.

“Nobody should ever feel afraid of getting older or feeling alone. Our job is to make sure all our residents know what support is out there and our free Ageing Well event and our all-new Ageing Well magazine is vital to this work. 

“We are hoping this year’s event will be just as popular, and our new publication will help even more residents, their friends, family and carers get in touch with local groups and opportunities. If you or someone you know - whether they’re a friend, neighbour, partner or relative - would like to see just how much there is to do in the borough, please bring them along to our free event.”

Local residents can attend the event free of charge and there is no booking required. Entertainment, tea, coffee and biscuits will be provided and free parking is available.

Residents can share details of the event on Facebook.