Age festival seeking ‘super citizens’

August 04 2014

CELEBRATING Age Festival is looking for Bristolians over 55 who have shown what can be achieved in later life.

CELEBRATING Age Festival is looking for Bristolians over 55 who have shown what can be achieved in later life.
Successful nominees will be presented with an award at the festival launch on September 27 at the M Shed museum.
There are five awards which 'super citizens' can be nominated for: a regular sports player dancer or coach; someone who looks after a partner, a friend, or a group of people; someone who has overcome or managed an illness, shown remarkable bravery, or risen to a challenge beyond expectation; someone who works really hard to make a difference to other people’s lives; or a group who has enhanced older people's lives.
The festival aims to show what assets older people can be to the community, and that growing older offers opportunities to take part in the community.
This year’s theme is ‘Bristol Ageing Better’ - the motto of the city's bid to get six million pounds from the Lottery for projects working to minimise loneliness and isolation.
Mark Baker, CEO of Age UK Bristol, said: "Being 55 and over can be a great time in people’s lives. At this year’s awards we want to celebrate not only those who have helped others but also those providing inspiration as to the richness of later life."
Judith Brown, from Bristol Older People's Forum, said: "Bristol should be proud of this unique festival which breaks down barriers and stereotypes of older age."
The festival will be running until October 11.
Nominations can be made by email or letter, telling organisers - in up to 500 words - what the 'super citizen' does and why they deserve the award. Nominations close at 5pm September 12, and winners will be contacted shortly after the closing date.
For a nomination form, contact: shelleyhankins@ageukbristol.org.uk or pick one up from your local library or Neighbourhood Partnership office. Forms should be returned to: Shelley Hankins, Celebrating Achievements Awards, Age UK Bristol, 38 Victoria Street, BS1 6BY.