Students bridge the generation divide with cake and coffee

(ll-r) Kiri Awramenko, managing director Tenacia, Bal Carter volunteer advisor for Age Concern, Jemma Saunders fundraising manager Age Concern. ''Age Concern Hampshire cake and a cuppa at their Changing Times event at The Beacon, The Meridian Centre, Havant. ''Picture: Allan Hutchings (14654-769) PPP-140403-141729001
(ll-r) Kiri Awramenko, managing director Tenacia, Bal Carter volunteer advisor for Age Concern, Jemma Saunders fundraising manager Age Concern. ''Age Concern Hampshire cake and a cuppa at their Changing Times event at The Beacon, The Meridian Centre, Havant. ''Picture: Allan Hutchings (14654-769) PPP-140403-141729001

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UNIVERSITY students excelled themselves when they organised an event to showcase services for older people in Havant.

The University of Winchester event management students were given a brief to plan, raise money for, and hold an event as part of their course.

And yesterday more than 100 people packed the Beacon Church, in the Meridian Centre for Changing Times.

Visitors enjoyed a cup of tea and a slice of cake while finding out what services are available through local authorities and Age Concern that will make their lives easier.

It was organised in partnership with Age Concern Hampshire.

Jemma Saunders, a fundraiser for the charity, said: ‘It was a wonderful event, absolutely brilliant.

‘We’re really pleased that the students chose to work with us.

‘Lots of people attended which is great because there are so many services that Age Concern Hampshire offers.

‘People were given the chance to have a go on a Wii console.

‘I don’t think many realise they are really good for older people.

‘You can play sports games on there such as table tennis, golf, and bowling.

‘It can improve co-ordination, health, and wellbeing.’

There was a ping pong table out which people enjoyed having a go on. It has become popular with older people in recent years.

The charity is promoting the sport because it is so easy to set up anywhere, and you only need a table and some bats.

There also were details on computer courses.

One of the things promoted was OPAL – Older People’s Area Link.

Across Hampshire there are more than 80 volunteers who visit older people in their homes.

It’s to help and support those who require information and ideas on local activities and services and may be struggling to find it out for themselves.

Jemma added: ‘It is particularly for people who have lost a bit of confidence.

‘Perhaps they have had a long stay in hospital and need information on loan equipment, such as a wheelchair.

‘Or they may have suffered a bereavement.’

On top of persuading local businesses to donate cakes to the event the students also paid for the hire of the venue by doing bag packing at supermarkets.

They raised enough money to surprise the information service in Market Parade, Havant, with a brand new television.