Gateshead’s older residents get active

by The Gateshead Housing Company & filed under News, Sheltered accommodation.

Residents from sheltered accommodation across Gateshead have been getting active at the fourth annual Boccia tournament.

The event, which is organised by The Gateshead Housing Company and Gateshead Council, took place on Wednesday 3 October at Gateshead Leisure Centre to coincide with International Day of Older Persons 2018.

The day saw attendees from the housing company’s sheltered housing schemes across the borough getting involved in a bit of healthy competition.

Boccia, a game similar to bowls, is ideal for all ages as it can be enjoyed by participants with a range of different physical ability levels.

The success of the first Boccia Cup in 2015 paved the way for a regular Boccia league that now runs across the housing company’s sheltered accommodation schemes.

The event was arranged by Gateshead Council’s GO Gateshead Sport and Leisure Team in partnership with The Gateshead Housing Company. Staff and service users from Age UK also attended to find out more about Boccia and join in with the competing teams.

Children from St Albans Catholic Primary School in Pelaw joined the competitors for a few games, providing a great opportunity for the different generations to interact.

Older Persons Housing Manager Andrew Yates said: “Boccia is a great game to keep our residents active and mobile as well as being lots of fun. It’s suitable for those with limited mobility and can help improve balance.

“It’s great to see residents competing against those from other sheltered schemes and enjoying the social benefits of the game too.”

To find out more about the housing company’s services for older people, email the Sheltered Housing Team or call 0191 433 5356.

Photo: Gateshead residents at the Boccia tournament at Gateshead Leisure Centre (from left to right George Bruce, Linda Williams from Age UK, John Bruce, Bill Byery, Andrew Yates from The Gateshead Housing Company and Sid Corke)