Age UK Bradford District officially opened its Community Hub in Keighley yesterday,
This is part of “Connections 21”, a campaign to raise awareness as well as funds for the charity so that they can continue to connect older people to the information, help and support, advice and activities that they need to live their best life.
Attending to open the Community Hub was Zahir Irani, Deputy-Vice-Chancellor of the University of Bradford. He said: “As a university of and for Bradford we are committed to doing all we can to support our local community. That work includes our research with real-world impact in areas including health and patient care.
“The pandemic has been particularly difficult for older people who have been cut off from social and support networks. Age UK’s campaign to connect older people to support and activities is a positive and practical way to improve the quality of life for older people in our community.”
People with an interest in supporting Age UK Bradford District’s work with older people were also invited by the charity to the opening event.
“Age UK Bradford District’s goal is to build community connections that create and reinforce positive relationships and lifestyles to develop age-friendly communities across Bradford District.
During the campaign, staff and volunteers at the charity will be hoping to raise awareness of the help and support they offer older people in the district.
Mark Rounding, CEO of UK, said: “This event focused on one of the charity’s key functions, the provision of help and support to older people, enabling them to overcome issues that impact on their lives, often around loneliness, health and changing circumstances.
“We work with people to support them to re-engage and reconnect with their interests and communities, address issues around loneliness in the most appropriate way for them and also reduce reliance on health and social care services.”