Category Archives: Senior Citizens

Get Going Together – helping older people to be more active

senior walkersA new health and wellbeing programme especially for older people living with a long term health condition such as diabetes, mental health issues, stroke, circulatory and respiratory diseases is launching in Blaby District.

The Get Going Together Project aims to increase residents’ physical activity in order to improve independence and quality of life.

Blaby District Council’s health and leisure team will be working in partnership with Age UK Leicestershire and Rutland to deliver the physical activity programmes locally.

Residents will be able to choose from a variety of activities to suit a wide range of needs, including chair based keep-fit sessions suitable for those with restricted mobility, walking, dancing, indoor bowls, Tai Chi, Zumba, and many more.

Age UK is also on the lookout for volunteers who have an interest in promoting the health and wellbeing of older people.

To get involved or to find out more information please contact Phillipa Stanbridge, Get Going Together Project Coordinator, on 0116 233 7365 or 07791 086 521. You can also email

The project will be running for the next three years across Blaby District, Oadby and Wigston, and Leicester City.

photo: Older Persons Guide Leaflet

Older Persons’ Guide launches in Blaby District

photo: Older Persons Guide LeafletThis month sees the launch of the Older Persons’ Guide, a comprehensive booklet full of information about local services, groups and activities for people aged 50 years and over.

Produced by Blaby District Council, the guide not only lists information in each parish, it also provides details of district and county-wide services for example specialist older persons’ organisations such as Age UK, health, social care and housing services; carers’ support groups and libraries.

Councillor David Freer, new Portfolio Holder for Partnerships and Corporate Services, said:

“Ageing well is a key ambition and priority area of work in Blaby. We know that isolation can be a big concern for older residents.

“We hope that by producing this comprehensive guide residents, particularly those who may be vulnerable or isolated, can be kept informed and involved in community life and easily find any help they need to stay healthy and safe in later life.”

Copies of the free guide will be available at Blaby District Council offices, libraries, GP surgeries and other community groups and venues. You can also access a copy online at

If you have any questions about the guide or would like to register your group to be included in the next edition, please contact the Partnerships Team at Blaby District Council on 0116 272 7566 or email

Blaby older person's forum

Blaby District Older Persons’ Forum

Blaby older person's forumAre you aged 50 years or over and living in Blaby District? Do you want to have your say and keep informed about local issues and services that affect you? If so come along to the Blaby District Older Persons’ Forum.

The next meeting is taking place on Monday 2 June from 2pm until 4pm at the main council offices in Narborough.

The theme for the upcoming forum is “help to stay at home” with speakers and information stands from health, social care and voluntary sector services.

Robert Mackay, new vice-chair of the Older Persons’ Forum, said:

“The forum is a really good way to find out about services you might otherwise never hear about. You may not need help right now, but you never know when you or someone you care about will.

“Our next theme is a really important one and there is a packed agenda. If you have not been before give it a try, new members are always welcome.”

The forum can help if you need transport assistance to attend. For more information please contact Zoe Coulson at or call 0116 272 7566.

Blaby District Older Persons’ Forum – Annual General Meeting

senior citizensAnyone aged 50 years or over and living in Blaby District have an opportunity to have their say and keep informed about local issues and services that affect them.

Simply come along to a meeting of the Blaby District Older Persons’ Forum!

The next one is the Annual General Meeting taking place on Monday 3 March from 2pm until 4pm at the main council offices in Narborough.

The AGM will be an opportunity to review the achievements of the forum for the last year as well as plan what to focus on during 2014-15.

Chair of the Older Persons’ Forum, Cllr Marian Broomhead, said:

“The meetings provide an opportunity for you to get lots of useful information and advice as well as share any knowledge you have about local services or community groups. We’re a friendly and relaxed group and we are always keen to welcome new members.”

During the past 12 months, a range of different speakers have been invited to cover the following issues:

  • Keeping warm and budgeting during the winter months
  • Free health checks and nutritional information
  • Carers’ support services including dementia awareness
  • Crime and personal safety
  • Overcoming isolation and local support groups
  • Welfare Reform
  • Seated exercise session
  • IT support

The forum can help if you need transport assistance to attend.

For more information please contact Zoe Coulson at
or telephone 0116 272 7566.

Blaby District Older Person’s Forum

The next Blaby District Older Peoples’ Forum will be meeting on Monday 2nd December 2013 2-4pm at the Council Chamber, Desford Road, Narborough, LE19 2EP

This quarter, being the Christmas meeting, there will be Carols and festive songs from children of a local school.

The theme of this month’s forum is keeping warm and eating well this winter.

Jo Shaw, from 4 ways to warmth at Blaby District Council, will be speaking on keeping warm; and Samantha Clarke Health Improvement Officer at Blaby District Council, will be speaking on eating well.

Blaby older person's forum
Seated exercise at September’s activities & information day

Support on managing a budget to afford food & energy bills will be available from Citizen’s Advice Bureau.

If you are 50 or over and live in Blaby District, you are more than welcome to come along.

This event is free and refreshments will be provided.

If you would like to come but struggle with transport, please call 0116 272 7669 and we will try to help

To find out more, please call Jenny Bown at Community Action Partnership on 0116 272 7669 email:

The event is organised through Community Action Partnership working with Blaby District Council.

The purpose of the Blaby District Older People’s Forum is to bring together older people to express their views on issues relating to their health and well-being and the range of services available to them and meets four times a year .