Christine shows how as Horsham celebrates role of older people

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    “Celebrating Later Life in Horsham District” is the theme of an International Older People’s Day event in the town.

    It will be staged on October 1 at The Drill Hall from 10am-2pm.

    Highlights include Facts and figures on how later life benefits the local community, lunch and networking and information stands. To book a place or an information stand contact

    A welcome address will be given at 10.30am by Janice Leeming,  chief executive officer of Age UK Horsham District. She will give an update on what has happened since the event last year to create a Dementia Friendly Horsham District, and present   highlights of Age UK Horsham District’s work with the local community. Janice will also highlight the case for celebrating later life in Horsham District.

    In a presentation called “Loving Later Life – the national picture” at 10.45 am Christopher Brooks, senior policy manager of Age UK will say how later life can be a real asset for the local community. He will also show the contribution older people make to the economy, and talk about working or volunteering.

    At 11.05am the theme “Age is no barrier to a new career” will be taken up Cllr Kate Rowbottom, cabinet member for community and wellbeing on Horsham District Council. She will give a personal account of changing careers in later life, highlights of becoming a local councillor and what later life means to her.

    Christine Daws, from Steyning, describes at 11.15 am under the theme “Opportunities in Later life” how she took up the challenge to re-invent herself an inventor of the highly successful Drying Caddy and other topics. Christine became frustrated with items like recyclable bottles, plastic bags and rubber gloves cluttering her draining board and invented her own drying device that was taken up by an invention development company.

    “Age is no barrier to performing”  at 11.30am will involve the Three Score Dance Company talking about the success of their contemporary dance project for the over 60s and some highlights from performances.

    The last session before lunch will be a question and answer panel session at 11.50 am.

    After lunch and informal discussions between those attending, the afternoon session will start at 12.45 with the theme “building a picture. Jan Leeming will summarise and close the event at 1.30 pm.

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