“It’s good to grow older because…”
WALES’ amateur photographers are invited to take part in an exciting ‘age positive’ charity competition.
Age Cymru is asking photographers young and old to capture the theme ‘it’s good to grow older because…’ with the chance of winning £100 in high street vouchers.
“Grab that camera or phone and send us a picture you’ve taken capturing why you believe it’s good to grow older in Wales,” said Sarah Price, Age Cymru’s Engagement Support Coordinator.
“Our ‘age positive’ message celebrates the contribution older people have made and continue to make to our communities.
“We’re asking entrants to complete the line ‘It’s good to grow older because…’ when they send in their photo.
“We’re hoping for some fun and original images of ageing, which will challenge some of the stereotypes of growing older!
“There’s a separate category for under 16s and we’d love to see lots of entries from young people– so whether you’re a keen amateur photographer or simply enjoy taking snaps on your phone – join in!
‘Who said I’m too old?’ by Meirwen Jones and ‘Family Traditions’ by Joel Dixon were last year’s winning entries.
Could you be the next Age Cymru photography competition winner? Submit your ‘age positive’ images by midnight on Friday 6 November 2015.
Age Positive Week is Age Cymru’s annual celebration of all that’s positive about ageing. This year it will take place from Sunday 27 September to Sunday 4 October 2015 and, as before, will coincide with the UN International Day of Older Persons on 1 October.
Age Cymru held the first ever Age Positive Week last year and we were delighted by its success. Age Positive events were held across the country and more than 60 different activities were registered, from boules and indoor golf to creative writing sessions, film screenings, tea afternoons and open days. These, combined with events organised by Age Cymru, led to a fantastic celebration of ageing enjoyed by hundreds of people across Wales.
Have a look at the events registered so far, including events organised by Age Cymru.
Keep a look out too for our sponsorship of programmes on S4C during the Week!
If you’re already holding an event next week – whether it’s a coffee morning or exercise session, a forum meeting or weekly bingo – then you can simply badge your get together as Age Positive. For more information about Age Positive Week and how you can get involved please visit Age Cymru’s website:
Tell us about it! We’d love to know what you’re planning, so please let us know about your event via Facebook or Twitter.
‘NOW – an exploration of the present with a chosen one’ invites couples who are living with dementia to explore the ‘here and now’.
The relationship could be a new friendship, or with your partner/husband/wife, carer, children or grandchildren.
This experience will allow you to find out what you enjoy about being with this person, how the relationship has formed and developed, to how it has affected you and how it is right now.
Clare Parry-Jones and Denni Dennis will spend up to 5 sessions with you, giving you the chance to enjoy the beauty and humour within your relationship.
Clare and Denni are artists based in South Wales, working locally and internationally, with community groups, arts in health, theatre, cabaret and circus.
Couples can express how they feel through word, music, movement, performance or visually through photography or film.
Clare is a trained Dramatherapist who has performed in care homes in Powys and both artists have taken part in dementia awareness training.
If you would like to get involved in this exciting new experience, please contact Emma Robinson at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 029 2043 1540.
A UNIQUE food-themed performance by a choir made up of people living with dementia and their families is taking place at Caerphilly Castle on 14 May.
The Forget-me-Not Chorus’s appearance in the castle’s banqueting hall is part of a Wales-wide arts festival for older people, called the Gwanwyn Festival.
Singing waiters from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama feature as special guests.
Kate Woolveridge – the accomplished mezzo-soprano and vocal animateur, who leads the chorus, says:
“The Forget-me-Not Chorus supports people with dementia and their families through weekly singing and creative workshops.
“We aim to empower both people with dementia and their families to use their voice in song to express themselves and to use the power of music to provide an escape from the everyday caring routine.
“We’re all really looking forward to this concert at Caerphilly Castle which promises to be a highlight in the choir’s history and a positive experience for us all of being together.”
This is the first time the Forget-me-Not Chorus has been on the festival’s bill, as Emma Robinson, Gwanwyn’s Coordinator says:
“I’m very excited that Gwanwyn Festival and the Forget-me-Not Chorus are finally working together.
“It is a privilege to have such an ambitious and pioneering organisation that shares similar aims and ambitions as the Gwanwyn Festival on this year’s bill.
“Art – in any shape of form that meets our own individual tastes, is something that we should be able to enjoy, appreciate and take part in at any stage of life.
“This performance promises to be one that will make quite an impact on everyone who experiences it –ether by taking part in it or as a spectator, and I can’t wait to see it served up on 14 May.”
Fancy using your knitting skills to create music?
We’re looking for five experienced knitters (you need to have the ability to look up from your work to follow conducted instructions) to join the performance of ‘Killing Time’ at Wales Millennium Centre on Saturday 16 May, led by contemporary composer Jobina Tinnemans
You will continue knitting on long white knitted ‘scores’ which were started by the knitting performers in New York.
You will need to be available for rehearsals in the morning (10 – 11am) and the performance on the Glanfa stage in the afternoon (3pm).
Jobina will also be delivering a workshop at 11:30 for up to 10 knitters and these events are part of a packed programme of Gwanwyn activity throughout the Centre.
If you would like to join Jobina and knit for the performance please contact us!