Prize-giving proves age is no barrier
AGE was proven to be no barrier as more than 100 men and women aged over 50 in Rushmoor were presented with awards for personal achievements.
Rushmoor Healthy Living (RHL) hosted an awards ceremony at Farnborough Football Club where 160 people who have succeeded in the charity’s Age No Barrier project were rewarded with medals and prizes.
Embracing the social side of the project, British and Nepalese participants joined for the prize-giving, which was followed by a Zumba Gold demonstration led by some of the award-winners and a rendition of Rivers of Babylon.
Three special awards were also handed out to participants who had ended up making a significant contribution to the running of the project by leading sessions and volunteering their time.
The awards were presented last Wednesday by Rushmoor Borough Council’s Cllr Alex Crawford, environmental health manager Colin Alborough and RHL’s Nepalese health champion Ranji Tiwali.
Cherrywood ward representative Cllr Clive Grattan also attended to show his support.
Farnborough-based RHL supports disadvantaged and vulnerable residents throughout Rushmoor and attempts to reduce health and social inequalities and improve quality of life.
The Age No Barrier scheme, which supports those in Rushmoor experiencing isolation, was run using cash awarded by the Big Lottery Fund.
Based on the Duke of Edinburgh Project for youths, it challenged older participants to complete tasks with the aim of making friends and getting involved in their communities.
More than 600 tasks were completed, ranging from simple walking challenges and yoga to one man with dementia being supported to reignite his passion for angling.
Others learnt how to use computers, tablets and smartphones to keep in touch with loved ones, took part in crocheting, singing and dancing sessions and even visited the London Eye.
Jim Ruddy, chief operating executive at RHL, said: “It just shows that with the right support and encouragement, older people can achieve anything they want to.
“Age No Barrier gives people the impetus to get out, meet new people, take an active part and be recognised for what they have achieved.”
Dancers take part in the Zumba Gold demonstration at the Age No Barrier prize-giving ceremony held at Farnborough Football Club.