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Age UK Logo Designs 2ndIslanders are being invited to recognise the achievements of local older people and celebrate their contribution to Island life, by nominating them for a Celebrating Age Award.

Sponsored by Wright Estate Agency and hosted by Age UK Isle of Wight (Age UK IW), the annual Celebrating Age Awards will take place on the 6th October and be part of the wider Celebrating Age Festival which runs from 1st-7th October.

If you know an individual, or a group, who has dedicated time and effort to making the Isle of Wight a better place to live, helped out in their community, or who has defied age as a barrier to overcome a physical challenge, or who has worked with younger people to create, accomplish or campaign nominate them now to win a first prize of £100.

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Tell the organisers how someone you know deserves recognition for their efforts by nominating them for a Celebrating Age Awards in one of the following categories:

• Age Friendly Entrepreneur – Wrights Estate Agency
Someone over 50 who has made a big contribution to island business.

• Age Friendly Contribution to the community – Southern Vectis
Someone over 50 who has devoted their time and effort to changing the lives of others.
Someone who has impacted the community in a significant way.

• Age Friendly Arm in Arm – Sainsbury’s
An older adult or group of people, young and old, who work together across generations.
A group who contributes towards bridging the gap between young and older people.

• Age Friendly Impact – Learning Links
An older person who is selflessly making a difference to other people’s lives.
Someone who has generally impacted the island in a positive way over the years.

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• Age Friendly Challenge of the Year – Chamber of Commerce
An older person who overcame a serious challenge and showed courage and determination to inspire others.

• Age Friendly volunteer – supported by Southern Housing Group
Someone who devoted his/her time to volunteering and helping others.

• Age Friendly Team – supported by Co-op#
A Group of older adults who worked together to do something outstanding.

• Age Friendly Active Person – supported by Tesco
Someone over 50 who continues to be dedicated to and passionate about sport. Or someone who has achieved great things by crossing the finish line in a physical activity.

You can nominate via the Age UK Isle of Wight Website at http://www.ageuk.org.uk/isleofwight/celebrating-age-festival-2016/celebrating-age-awards-2016–nominations-now-open, by going into the Age UK IW office at 147 High Street, Newport to pick up a form, or by calling 01983 525282 and requesting a form by post or email free of charge.

All completed forms can be returned free of charge to: Age UK Isle of Wight, Freepost RTGG-LRCS-JRBZ, Newport, PO30 1TY.

The closing date for all nominations is the 22nd September 2016. Winners will be selected by an independent judging panel representing different Public and Community Services and winners will be announced during the Celebrating Age Festival.

A full programme of events is planned for the Celebrating Age Festival. Events include a Vintage Tea Party at Ryde Library on Saturday 1st October;  a Men in Sheds open afternoon at Age UK IW on Monday 3rd; Knit and Natter at Newport Library on Wednesday 4th and a Dementia Awareness course for Carers at the Riverside Centre, Newport on Friday 6th.

A list of events across the Island will be available on the Age UK Isle of Wight web-site and in other promotional material.

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