A special event to get older people active and helping their community is being held in Cramond next week.

Cramond Community Day on Tuesday 19 October has been organised by the Almond Neighbourhood Partnership and aims to show older people, and those who have just recently retired, the wide range of different services available to them in the area.

The day will focus on helping them maintain and develop social networks, find new interests and skills, and highlight what support is available with household tasks, shopping, home maintenance and accessing financial advice.

One of the key issues being addressed is the potential for social isolation among older people who find it difficult to get out of the house or may have recently retired.

Events on the day include, salsa dancing, indoor curling, benefits and welfare advice, health checks, mobile library and opportunities for volunteers.

Councillor Norman Work, Convenor of the Almond Neighbourhood Partnership and Vice Convenor of the Council’s Health and Social Care Committee, said: “Often older people can feel isolated especially if they have just retired and don’t realise there are many different ways they can support their local community.

“With more free time on their hands they could consider volunteering for example and help give something back to the neighbourhood.”

The Council’s West Neighbourhood Team are supporting this event, and are keen to highlight the whole range of opportunities and resources for older people in Cramond and across the city.

All the organisations and partners involved are working to ensure that the Community Day attracts as many people as possible. It will be packed with lots of fun and informative events for older people with lots of clubs on offer and advice to help them enjoy their retirement.