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Day of fun and help for older people.

PENSIONERS received health checks and a large dose of advice at a conference at Coventry City Football Club.

Scores of pensioners took advantage of workshops as more than 40 organisations took over Highfield Road for a day.

They were treated to free health checks, a line-dancing demo and aromatherapy and tried flower arranging and card making.

There were workshops on crime and community safety, disability and mobility issues, benefits and pensions, and health and well-being.

Presentations were also made on hospital services for older people, fire safety at home and healthy eating on a budget.

Michelle Price, capacity building officer with the organisers, the city council's north east area coordination, said the event was a great success and they hoped for funding to make it an annual event.

She said: "All the feedback so far has been extremely positive and this type of event is a brilliant example of partnership working at its best.

"To get so many different organisations and service providers under the same roof for the benefit of the older people in the north east of Coventry is tremendous."

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D23067_3. D23057_1. PARTNERS: Right, from left, Lissa Clarke chats to Mary Williamson of Henley Green Community Centre and Pam Lewis, of North East Coventry Old People's Forum
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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Nov 18, 2004
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