'Get Up and Go' winners announced

Projects encouraging older people in Edinburgh to take part in new activities have been recognised for their outstanding achievements.

The Get Up and Go Awards took place at the Harvey Nichols store in the Capital this week (September 21).

There were three awards up for grabs on the night:

'Outstanding Contribution' - won by Ageing Well who encourage older people to lead a more active and healthy lifestyle by taking part in various activities like cycling, dancing, walking and indoor curling

'Products and/or Service that make a difference' - won by ACE IT a computer training project which encourages people aged over 50 to learn basic computer skills, internet access and e-mail.

Innovation Openings - won by New Spin an inter-generational project in Leith which offers both young people and those over 50 an opportunity to try new activities together, build friendships and share skills.

Councillor Deidre Brock, Culture and Leisure Convener, said: " Edinburgh is home to some truly remarkable individuals and groups who devote huge amounts of time and energy towards making older people's lives better and helping them to overcome the many barriers they face.

"The Get Up and Go Awards are an excellent way of publicly celebrating their achievements and ensuring that their work is properly recognised. My congratulations to all of the winners and nominees - their enthusiasm and dedication is an inspiration to us all."

As part of 'Older People's Week' beginning 27 September the get Up & Go roadshow will be visiting various parts of the city to promote the programme.

28 September:                                  Portobello Library between 10am and noon

29 September:                                  Currie Library between 1pm and 3pm

30 September:                                  Gilmerton Library between 10am and noon

1st October:                                      South Queensferry Library between 10am and noon and Blackhall Library between 1pm and 3pm



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