LEAP OF FAITH

Older peo­ple jump at new classes

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Niki Ten­nant

Light­burn El­derly As­so­ci­a­tion Pro­ject (LEAP)are host­ing free taster ses­sions next week to celebrate Older Peo­ple’s Day.

The day aims to celebrate the con­tri­bu­tions and achieve­ments older peo­ple make to our so­ci­ety and econ­omy.

Older Peo­ple’s Day co­in­cides with the United Na­tions In­ter­na­tional Day of Older Peo­ple, which is marked the world over.

LEAP will host two dig­i­tal dropin ses­sions on Tues­day, Septem­ber 29 from 10am till noon and on Wed­nes­day, Septem­ber 30 from 1-3pm at 197 Hamil­ton Road, Half­way.

The ses­sions will pro­vide ad­vice for older peo­ple who have ques­tions about tech­nol­ogy, whether it’s prob­lems with a lap­top, or learn­ing how to in­stall an app on a mo­bile phone or work an ipad or tablet.

LEAP will also be host­ing taek­wondo ses­sions for over-50s on Thurs­days from 10- 11.30am at Cam­bus­lang Parish Church.

The ex­er­cise helps to im­prove fit­ness and flex­i­bil­ity as well as mus­cle tone.

The ses­sion is about be­com­ing aware of your body’s lim­i­ta­tions and work­ing to im­prove fit­ness lev­els.

For book­ing and for fur­ther in­for­ma­tion, con­tact Ca­tri­ona on 0141 641 5169 or email ca­tri­ona@ leap-pro­ject.co.uk.

LEAP’s adult learn­ing co-or­di­na­tor, Ca­tri­ona MacGre­gor, said the pro­ject wanted to do some­thing spe­cial to mark Older Peo­ple’s Day this year to celebrate the con­tri­bu­tion of older peo­ple in the com­mu­nity.

“Our IT classes are amongst our most pop­u­lar ac­tiv­i­ties and taek­wondo is some­thing new that we are try­ing so these free taster ses­sions are an op­por­tu­nity for older peo­ple to come along and try these out - and if they en­joy them, think about join­ing some of the classes that run through­out the year,” she said.

“LEAP is ded­i­cated to im­prov­ing the lives of older peo­ple both through our leisure classes for over-50s and also through the Hands On Pro­ject which as­sists older peo­ple who are iso­lated or need help around the house, so Older Peo­ple’s Day is a nice op­por­tu­nity to celebrate the lives of older peo­ple in the com­mu­nity and where we can, to give some­thing back.”

The day aims to chal­lenge neg­a­tive stereo­types and at­ti­tudes.

The Hands on Pro­ject (HOP) of­fers a be­friend­ing ser­vice pro­vid­ing short or long-term com­pan­ion­ship to peo­ple who may feel lonely or iso­lated.

HOP also of­fer a handy­man ser­vice whereby vol­un­teers carry out main­te­nance work in the homes of older peo­ple - from fit­ting a light­bulb to putting up a shelf, hang­ing cur­tains or wash­ing win­dows.

LEAP’s classes are wide and var­ied and range from new-age kurl­ing to ta­ble ten­nis and arts and crafts.

A full list of classes can be found on LEAP’s web­site.

The ac­tiv­i­ties are run from cen­tres in Ruther­glen and Cam­bus­lang and more re­cently in Ud­dingston and Whit­law­burn, thanks to fund­ing from the Peo­ple’s Health Trust.

The classes are open to any­one aged 50 and over and Ca­tri­ona em­pha­sises that new mem­bers are warmly re­ceived.

The pro­ject’s classes give older peo­ple the op­por­tu­nity to learn new skills, try new ac­tiv­i­ties and meet new friends.

Peo­ple in the Ruther­glen and Cam­bus­lang area are be­ing urged to sup­port the Older Peo­ple’s Day cam­paign through so­cial media by us­ing # OlderPeo­pleDay or #fulloflife.

To book a class or find out more, call Ca­tri­ona on 0141 641 5169 or email ca­tri­ona@leap-pro­ject.co.uk

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