Cascades Shopping Centre holding health and well-being events

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Cascades Shopping Centre in Portsmouth is holding special events as part of its health and wellbeing week.

The Hampshire Football Association will be promoting walking football and refereeing at a community fair, while older drivers will be offered help and advice.

Isabella Sakias, business support officer for Hampshire, said: ‘There are several active walking football clubs in the Portsmouth area, including Victory Hants, which has fielded a lady in her 80s in one of their teams.

‘The purpose of the community fair is to promote the many various coaching, playing, refereeing and volunteering opportunities that are available in the county.

‘In particular we are keen to raise awareness of walking football, which can be enjoyed by people of all ages.’

The event, which will be attended by an FA Skills Coach, will run from 8.30am to 4.30pm today.

Then tomorrow Hampshire Older Drivers’ Forum will be offering free help and advice to the over-60s about driving, from 9.30am to 3pm.

Hampshire police’s road safety officer, Sergeant Rob Heard, said: ‘As people get older they are more likely to be involved in collisions and those over 80 are four times more likely.

‘We are not trying to stop older people driving, we just want to give help, advice and support so older people can drive safely for longer.

‘Injury collision records for Hampshire since 2004 show that drivers over 70 are responsible for 10 per cent of fatal collisions and 6.6 per cent of serious injury collisions within the region.

‘Research showed that in your mid-70s, drivers start to have 
problems assessing complex or high-speed traffic situations and fail to see or predict a hazard quickly.’

Rhoda Joseph, director of Cascades Shopping Centre, said: ‘Events like these enable organisations to meet the people they are trying to help and engage with.’