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Tuesday, 19 July 2016
The UCKG HelpCentre’s Caleb Group for the over 55s ran a health and fitness education day at the Rainbow Theatre in Finsbury Park on Saturday 9 July.
The event was set up for the benefit of the community as a whole, as well as Caleb members. And with an audience of 85, including people from as far away as Twickenham and Notting Hill, it clearly demonstrated the need for this sort of occasion.
There were four guest speakers, who covered topics of key interest to seniors, including physical and mental health matters, fitness and housing. In addition there were exercises for everyone to join in.
The speakers were Carlotta Zanello, community engagement and involvement officer, for the Alzheimer’s Society, Islington, Talshon Thompson, a personal trainer from the DW Fitness Club, cardiac nurse Angela Henry from St Thomas Hospital NHS Trust and Verena Matthews, a housing specialist from Mencap in Ealing.
Keith Michael, health and fitness service manager of the Sobell Leisure Centre in Islington was there to give advice and to sign people up to the local sports centre.
The speakers were most complimentary about the education day. Carlotta Zanello said: “It was a privilege to have been asked to speak here. I would like to continue working with the Caleb Group on a regular basis. It was a lovely event, well put together.” Other speakers agreed, with Angela Henry adding: “Everything was well organised.”
Importantly, audience feedback suggested that there is a real need for more events of this sort to help people understand matters they don’t know enough about.
Notes to editors
UCKG is a Christian church and registered charity that offers a range of practical support activities alongside spiritual support and comfort and welcomes all-comers. It reached the UK in 1995 and has gone from strength to strength, providing support and spreading the Christian faith. There are UCKG HelpCentre branches in England and Wales.
Caleb is a special interest group of the UCKG that aims to support and assist all older people from age 55 up, and to meet the varied needs of people at different stages in their later years.