Issue 13, October 2018

Matters

Free health and wellbeing event for older people in Haywards Heath

Living Well eventWe've teamed up with Places for People Leisure and the Alzheimer’s Society to offer a free health and wellbeing day for older people.

The Living Well event takes place at the Dolphin Leisure Centre in Haywards Heath in Sunday 14 October, between 1.30 and 4.30pm. 

There will be free exercise sessions that are tailored to meet the needs of older people and there's the chance to try Tai Chi, Pilates, bowls, walking netball, badminton, table tennis, yoga and line dancing. Charities, voluntary groups and local organisations will also be on hand to provide advice and information on how to stay fit and well into later life.

Our trained Wellbeing Advisors will be on hand provide free wellbeing health checks to help people spot potential health problems at an early stage. The checks take 30 minutes and include a BMI (Body Mass Index) reading that is calculated by measuring height and weight. After the health check, there will be an opportunity to discuss the results with a trained health advisor, who will provide personalised advice on how to lower the risk of future problems and maintain a healthy lifestyle.

The event is all about helping older people enjoy later life by bringing people together and introducing support organisations that can help them to continue living independent lives. Every attendee will receive a free goodie bag and complimentary tea, coffee and biscuits.

For more information or to book a space on an activity please contact the Dolphin Leisure centre on 01444 457337 and select option 5.

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Hardworking people on low incomes can benefit from a new Government savings account that offers a 50% bonus. Help to Save will reward savers with an extra 50p for every £1 saved, meaning over 4 years a maximum saving of £2,400 would result in an overall bonus of £1,200. 

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On maximum savings of £2,400 over 4 years, the overall bonus would be £1,200.

To apply, savers can visit www.gov.uk/helptosavelocal or use the HMRC app.