Older Peoples Day 21 RBC

Celebrating Their Contribution to Reading on Older People’s Day

Reading will be celebrating National Older People's Day on Friday October 1 with a free fun packed event at Broad Street Mall, 10am until 3pm, highlighting the contribution older people make to the Reading community.

Older People’s Day coincides with the UN International Day of Older Persons. The main aim for the day is to be a celebration of the achievements and contributions that older people make to our society and the economy. Older People’s Day supports the campaign to challenge negative attitudes and outdated stereotypes, the theme for 2021 is ‘looking forward to the future’.

Lead Councillor for Adult Social Care, Cllr John Ennis, said: “Older People's Day is an opportunity to celebrate later life and the huge contribution older people make to our communities. This wonderful free event aims to celebrate these achievements and I’d encourage people to come along and join us on Friday October 1.

“We know some people may be feeling anxious and I encourage you to come along to the Broad Street Mall on Older People’s Day to meet other people and services who really can help you look forward to the future.”

“Please spread the word, invite neighbours, friends, family - anyone you know who might benefit.”

Reading is a vibrant town with a rich array of local services that support residents, come along and find out how they can help you; Citizens Advice Reading, MacMillan Cancer Education, Compass Recovery College, Age UK Berkshire, Age UK Reading to name but a few. Royal Berkshire Hospital will also be offering free blood pressure checks on the day.

The Mayor of Reading, Cllr David Stevens, will welcome everyone at 10am followed by a host of entertainment including; dance, art and crafts and Tai Chi taster sessions. There will be stalls offering information and advice on a wide variety of services from over 20 local organisations. At 11am join a relaxed hour-long guided history walk around Reading Abbey Ruins, weather permitting. Places on the walk can be booked by emailing Reading Museum museum.education@reading.gov.uk

We have all faced many challenges over the last 18 months and COVID has led to increased loneliness and isolation for older people. This year’s National Older People’s Day event is to demonstrate the resilience of older people in our community and the great work of voluntary organisations and community groups who have supported older people during difficult times.


The event is organised by local organisations in partnership with Reading Council and members of the Older People's Working Group, with support from Age UK Berkshire, Age UK Reading and the Broad Street Mall (as venue hosts). For more information call 0118 937 2383 or email opwg@reading.gov.uk 

Organisations supporting the event with information stalls include: Age UK Berkshire and Age UK Reading, Reading Museum, Healthwatch Reading, Oddfellows, Carers Hub and My Care, My Home, Blandy & Walker, AB Walker, Citizens Advice Reading, Thames Valley Police, BFHT Mental Health Services Older People OPMHT, Royal Berkshire Hospital, Talkback, and many more.