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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Sessions will keep the mind busy

03/10/2014

Older people
Older people and firefighter

Older people in Codsall will be brushing up on their computer skills with the help of local students next week.

"Both of these courses are a great way for older people to keep their minds active by learning a new skill. The two events are part of our celebration of Older People’s Day but there is always something entertaining and interesting happening at our weekly meetings. We go on regular outings, including to garden centres, shopping and on day trips to places like Llandudno, as well as playing skittles, dancing and doing craft sessions."

Madeleine Cheadle - Fire Service Chaplain

Members of Busy Minds, run in partnership with Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service, will be going back to the classroom for the session at Codsall High School on Tuesday, October 7.

Around a dozen people will be getting tech-savvy, learning about the internet and social media. The session will run from 10am-11am at the Elliotts Lane school.

Other Busy Minds members will be able to try their hand at sign language during a special event at Bilbrook House, Carter Avenue, where meetings take place from 11am-1pm every Tuesday.

The two sessions are part of the group’s celebration of national Older People’s Day which took place on October 1.

Fire Service Chaplain Madeleine Cheadle, who runs the Busy Minds, said: "Both of these courses are a great way for older people to keep their minds active by learning a new skill. The two events are part of our celebration of Older People’s Day but there is always something entertaining and interesting happening at our weekly meetings. We go on regular outings, including to garden centres, shopping and on day trips to places like Llandudno, as well as playing skittles, dancing and doing craft sessions.

"The aim of our group is to ensure that older and more vulnerable members of the community stay safe, are as active as possible and learn vital information about fire safety in the home and on the roads.

"The group is full to capacity at the moment, having grown from eight members when we launched it in 2010 to 55 now but I am really keen to extend the sessions so that more people can join in. If anyone would be interested in volunteering to help to make this a reality and make a positive difference to the quality of life to some older members of our community, I would love to hear from them."

Anyone who would like to volunteer to help set up a new Busy Minds group in Codsall can call Madeleine Cheadle on 01902 753171.