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The art project has been very successful in bringing people together and providing opportunity for individual’s to work together towards shared goals and end product. This has acted as a catalyst for confidence building and our service users have expressed a need to be stretched even further. Some have undertaken taster days of abseiling and water sports. The renewed confidence and self-esteem of those that took part has been amazing.

We had several people in their nineties who still talk about the day they spent abseiling as the most exciting day of their lives. As a direct result of overcoming their fears one group went on to conquer a fear of water. They instructed us to organise swimming sessions at Elswick Pool and found that they were able to overcome any fears they had. One woman of 82 who had never been in a swimming pool in her life learned to swim after four sessions. Another lady who had suffered a stroke and had restricted movement learned to float and found that she could open her hand for the first time since her stroke.  Most of our service users are denied access to activities of this nature due to age discrimination, disability, economics, social exclusion or circumstance. Being able to partake in stimulating activity ultimately has created a more improved and active quality of life.

It also demonstrates the courage of the elders who come here and gives a very positive message about aging. You are never too old to have excitement and challenge in your life.

“The promotion of independence and a healthy active life amongst older people has been the corner stone of a number of key policy documents including the National Framework for older people (Department of Health 2001) and Better Government for Older People (Cabinet Office 1998) Standard 8 of National Service Framework for Older people recognises the importance of social and physical activities in maintaining and improving the health of older people. The specific milestones of this standard relate to primary prevention of disease largely through health promotion and lifestyle change interventions.” (Taken from Evaluation of Active Ageing Scheme Interim report Primary Care Development Centre Northumbria University. June 2003)

From November 2004 March 2006 we are offering the opportunity for older people to participate in activities normally denied them due to disability, social or economic reasons. The “better than you know” courses run by Dave Hand at The Calvert Trust at Kielder provide a challenge to older people by enabling them to undertake and activity not usually associated with individuals in later life. The philosophy behind the programme is that by undertaking a major challenge such as abseiling or water sport the participant discovers that age is no barrier to achievement. Participants take part in a number of group exercises designed to increase confidence, motivation and to dispel any misconceptions about ageing.

We are organising days of abseiling and water activities at the Calvert Trust (10 people on each day) and follow up these days by having taster sessions exploring activities such as bike riding, archery, canoeing and massage at Newburn Leisure Centre and Bowling at West Denton Bowling Centre for those who could not manage a full day at Kielder. Our own staff are involved at every stage to support learning and ensure motivation is maintained.

Activities take place at:

Calvert Trust

Newburn Leisure Centre

West Denton Bowling Centre

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