‘Our Day Out’ is an award-winning programme of free, inclusive, high-quality creative workshops for older people that take place twice-monthly in eight locations across Norfolk. (Attleborough, Watton, Wells-next-the-Sea, North Walsham, Thetford, Dereham, Hunstanton and Downham Market.)
The programme improves wellbeing, decreases feelings of isolation and loneliness, and creates new social connections by bringing people together. The sessions are open to all older people, including carers, those living with a dementia or other long-term health conditions, and those whom may feel lonely or isolated.
Because of the current situation, our regular sessions have been postponed for the time-being. However we are currently offering creative postal wellbeing packs, to introduce you to the project and share some of the fun, creativity, and friendship that our existing participants experience at the sessions. Packs will contain activities to keep your mind busy, encourage gentle physical movement from home, and offer ways to keep creative!
AND, thanks to new funding from Independent Age, we’re able to support even more older people outside of our current eight locations, so if you live anywhere in Norfolk or beyond, you too can get in touch to receive a FREE creative wellbeing pack in the post.
“Now I’m 87, I use a crutch and I started to get a bit of pain in my shoulder. After a while it became worse and worse, but the first time we waved our arms around in a dance session, the pain actually went. I feel more or less cured.
I felt that life was shutting me in the house. I have very few friends left so it’s really nice to meet people who have the same interests and like coming together to share in music and dance.”
(Sally, Our Day Out participant)
The programme is funded by Spirit of 2012 Trust, with additional investment from the Big Lottery Fund, Borough Council of King’s Lynn and West Norfolk, Norfolk County Council, Breckland Council, North Norfolk District Council and Independent Age.