Release Date: 17-Aug-2015
Our fifth annual community fun day took place at Northfield Hall in Deighton on Thursday (13 August), attended by more than 300 people of all ages.
Those attending took part in a range of fun and games, including children’s rides, mini golf, table tennis, hook a duck and a coconut shy. Along with traditional stalls, there were birds of prey demonstrations and performances by street dancers and majorettes to keep everyone entertained.
The birds of prey were a big hit
There was also a serious side to the day, as local police officers were on hand to give advice on crime prevention. Representatives from Kirklees Active Leisure also talked to people about the benefits of keeping active.
The event was organised by KNH’s Older People Support Service and was aimed at encouraging older people to stay active and to bring different age groups together to break down the sense of isolation that older people sometimes feel.
According to activities coordinator, Karina Sykes, “Fun and social activities for older residents are really important as they help retain and improve both physical and mental health and wellbeing, so I’m really pleased to see such a good turnout today. It was great to see the community coming together to take part in all of the activities on offer.”
Colin Jones, a tenant from Denham Court in Batley, was one of those attending. He said, “We had a great day and there was something for all ages. The birds of prey were brilliant and I really enjoyed the street dancers and majorettes. It was a lovely atmosphere and good to see old friends as well as make new ones.”
Cllr Viv Kendrick, the Cabinet member responsible for health and wellbeing, said, “These kind of events are an excellent way of improving older people’s health and wellbeing and helping them live life to the full, which are key priorities for the council.”