On Thursday 5th October, Community Development charity TDC showed a short film and hosted a morning of celebration, conversation and cake at the Brighthelm centre as part of the Brighton & Hove Older People’s Festival.
TDC (Trust for Developing Communities) wanted to recognise and celebrate the part that Older People play in supporting their communities – from running food banks, to volunteering at their local lunch club or community café; from chairing their local Residents’ Association to being part of a Park ‘Friends of’ group; from supporting members of black and minority ethnic groups to championing the cause of the LGBTQ+ community. And much more besides…
Older people from across the city came together to meet each other, chat, to enjoy coffee and cake and to take part in a discussion with the Mayor of Brighton & Hove, Councillor Mo Marsh, about the contribution older people make to the city. Attendees watched a short film produced by TDC community development workers which featured many over 50s talking about how they are making a positive difference in their communities and what they, in return, get back from their volunteering.
Steve Andrews, TDC Community Participation Worker with Older People, said “It was a truly inclusive occasion with lots of goodwill in the room. It was great to see older members of the BME community present, and people who hadn’t been to citywide events before. There was an element of fun but also some serious engagement in the groupwork.”
Brighton & Hove Older People’s Festival is an annual two week celebration inspired by the UN’s International Older People’s day which is held on 1st October each year. This year’s festival took place between 25th September and 8th October and saw hundreds of older people from Brighton & Hove taking part in events across the city.
The film “Supporting our communities” can be found on the TDC youtube channel or at the TDC website www.trustdevcom.org.uk.