LEAP OF FAITH
Older people jump at new classes
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 email@example.com