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On the Grapevine

East Belfast In the know Information is only of use if you know how to find it and to mark age awareness week a special workshop is taking place to help older people get the best from the Seniors Info directory and website. The directory and website is a mine of information relating to services for older people, covering everything from benefits, to transport, housing to health. Organised by Engage with Age, Belfast City Council and Belfast Healthy Ageing Strategic Partnership, the workshop, on Friday, 1 October from 10am to 1pm at the workshop takes place at the Hanwood Centre, Kinross Avenue Tullycarnet. is aimed at group leaders working with older people. Engage with Age Manager, Margy Washbrook, said: “The workshop will be a combination of information, quizzes and games to encourage group leaders to maximise their knowledge of the Senior’s Info resource both online and the directory, and to encourage them to disseminate the information to their members. “We have a wide network of groups and as a result of working with 30 leaders we hope to reach between 300 and 400 older people. “Lots of people do know about the website and directory but perhaps only a little about what is offered on particular sections, we want to make them aware of the areas they might not use too often so they can signpost people towards it when they need to. “The Seniors Info directory and website is a partnership in action. It was developed by Belfast Healthy Cities, is kept up-to-date by Belfast Healthy Ageing Strategic Partnership, and the website is hosted by the Council. “It is a fantastic tool, but like all tools we need to be shown how to use them to make them work properly.” More information is available on our website www.belfastcity.gov.uk/seniorsinfo or at www.engagewithage.org.uk Trip down memory lane Before the doors close for the final time on Beechfield Primary School, you are invited for a trip down memory lane. On Thursday 7th October, the school will be open during the afternoon and evening were there will be a display of memorabilia of school life through the ages. To many people in the local area, the school “was central to the heart of the community”, but falling numbers in pupils forced the school in June this year. Please phone the school office on 90457966 for further details. All welcome. Diamond Jubilee Garnerville Presbyterian Church on Old Holywood Road, in east Belfast is celebrating its Diamond Jubilee on 7th November 2010. We would love past members and friends to make contact with us and accept an invitation to join us on that Sunday as we look back over 60 years. To mark the occasion we have produced a book called “Garnerville Gems”. It has been written by members and would be of interest to everyone with any connection to our church. Any further details can be had from the Minister, Rev Peter McDowell (9076 9035) or myself (Isabel Tully) 9076 0344. All for chari-tea National charity Epilepsy Action is urging tea drinkers in Northern Ireland to have a diamond cuppa as part of National Tea Break 2010. This year's event, on Friday October 22, marks the eighth time running for the grand scale tea party. National Tea Break encourages tea lovers to get together to help raise vital funds for Epilepsy Action, simply by drinking tea and eating cake. Michael White, fundraising events officer at Epilepsy Action, said: “It’s a great way to get together and have fun with friends, family and colleagues, while raising vital funds for a great cause. Don’t worry if you can't hold a tea break on October 22; just choose a day that best suits you.” Everyone who registers to be a National Tea Break organiser will receive an organiser's pack containing an organiser's guide full of useful hints and tips, posters to promote the event and lots more. For more information about National Tea Break, or to register for an organiser’s pack, visit www.epilepsy.org.uk/teabreak or call Michael White, fundraising events officer, on 0113 210 8800. Castlereagh Bedding down for the winter Plan ahead for the cold winter months by getting your electric blanket tested during a special home safety roadshow courtesy of Castlereagh Borough Council. The event will take place today, Thursday, September 30 at the council Civic Centre from 10am to 4pm. To book, please contact the council’s Environmental Health Service on 9049 4640. City centre Wednesday lunch club BCM (Belfast Central Mission) is currently operating its highly successful midweek Lunch Club for older people. Each Wednesday in BCM's Grosvernor House headquarters on Glengall Street, anyone who wishes can enjoy good food, companionship and a bit of a laugh, all for £2 a week. A three course meal and light entertainment are all provided. The Wednesday Lunch Club is a great opportunity for older people to meet new friends and is set in a comfortable and central Belfast location. A long time attendee said: “The Wednesday Lunch Club is the highlight of my week. Everyone seems so happy and I wouldn't miss it.” For more information of the Wednesday Lunch Club and other BCM projects such as the Holiday Programme for Older People, please contact community services manager Janet Sewell on 028 9024 1917.

Belfast Telegraph