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Yate Ageing Better Festival 2022

Yate Ageing Better Festival 2022

Status: Completed

Yate United Kingdom
Print this page City population: 3039725% over 60Practice started in 2022


Yate Town Council hosted a community gathering at Yate Shopping Centre on Thursday 14th July at Yate Shopping Centre, to showcase and celebrate the number of ways residents can engage and age better in the town. The celebration showcased entertainment provided by local community Choirs, Tai Chi, Chair exercise and local bands – with plenty of participants taking the chance to sing along, dance and sign up for something new!

Information stalls offered key advice and guidance on issues such as mobility, sustainable travel, Dementia, fire safety and fall prevention.

The Chair of Yate Town Council, Councillor Cheryl Kirby opened the celebration which is in its second year, adding: “It is inspiring to see so many people of all walks of life, come together with Yate Town Council to celebrate the vast amount of activities, services and projects available to combat the threat of social isolation and poor wellbeing as we age. The Town Council is continuing to work to deliver its Yate Ageing Better initiatives, building on our achievements working with stakeholders in the Town over the past few years.”

Promoting sustainability wherever possible, canvas ‘goody bags’ were distributed, and printed with the colourful logo to increase promotion of the project locally. Festival attendees also enjoyed afternoon teas and ploughman’s lunches courtesy of the Over 50’s Pop Inn Café and their volunteers, which is now open five days a week.


Key facts

Main target group: Older people in general

Other target group(s): Those living in social isolation after the Pandemic

Sector(s): Education, Health, Housing, Labor, Transportation

Other sector(s): Public Services Volunteering

Desired outcome for older people:
Build and maintain relationships

Other issues the Age-friendly practice aims to address:
  • Accessibility
  • Dementia
  • Healthy behaviours (e.g. physical activity)
  • Inclusion
  • Participation

Contact details

Name: Yate Town Council

Email address:

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Engaging the wider community

Project lead: Other

Other project lead: Town Council

How collaboration worked: The event was funded and organised by Yate Town Council, local community partners attended to help promote their contributions towards providing a wide range of services and projects aimed to improve ageing in the town.

Older people’s involvement: Older people were involved in the age-friendly practice at multiple or all stages

Details on older people’s involvement: Older volunteer Councillors and members of local community groups helped with the organisation and delivery of the festival event. We also took into consideration feedback from participants and attendees to our 2021 festival.

Moving forward

Has the impact of this age-friendly practice been analysed: No

Do you plan to evaluate your age-friendly practice? Yes

SGC Rapid Response – Thank you for all the hard work you and the team put into organising yesterday. It was very successful and good to meet other organisations. I would love to attend any future events. Green Community Travel – it was a good day, very well organised! We had lots of enquiries so hopefully we’ll get some volunteers and some new passengers too. More than happy to be included in contacts for future events Ann Walker Rodford Ladies – Yes please keep our details on file and if we can & we will support you. Myself and some of our members helped at the Age Better Festival yesterday in Yate. May I say that Ashleigh did a fabulous job, she was on hand if you experienced any problems. Please thank her on our behalf for making the morning a great success. We met some lovely people, the sun shone, and everyone smiled. Thank you. May I say I think everyone should have been pleased with the event. Thank you for all your hard work in organising the event. 4 Towns & Vale – It was a pleasure; it was such a lovely event. Would like to be contacted for future events. Jenny Smith Thai Chi – You’re welcome, I really enjoyed being part of the festival. My suggestion would be to break up the music with the exercise slots so people who can only stay for a short period can enjoy the variety of entertainment on offer. I would be happy to take part again in the future. Julie Farrow (Yate Library) – Yes, happy for you to keep us as a contact for future events. Rock Choir – Thanks for having us. We’d love to be involved again next year. The choir all commented on what a lovely event and great atmosphere it was. Over 50’s Forum – Of course Yate TC can keep my contact details. It was a lovely event. Grateful thanks

Expansion plans:
Yes- We would like to expand the festival for 2023 to include even more stall holders and interactive activities

Looking back

If we could do the festival again, we would like to have more funding to provide additional refreshments, giveaways and activities.

Weather – we mitigated any weather worries by utilising gazebos on site and identifying a wet weather venue should we need to use it.

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