Community marks centenary of the women’s vote at Older Person’s Day

OVH customers and members of local community groups came together on Thursday 4th October to celebrate Older Person’s Day with a themed afternoon tea which marked the centenary of the women’s vote.

The event, which we host every year, brings together older members of the community and celebrates their positive impact on society.

OVH customers and members from Sefton Veterans, Veterans HQ, Sefton OPERA, Alzheimer’s Society, Sefton Advocacy, Feel Good Factory, Kindfulness Coffee Club and Linacre Bridge Community Hub joined in the celebrations which took place at Bootle Firwood Cricket Club.

This year’s event saw 250 guests greeted by real life suffragettes – staff and volunteers dressed in iconic long skirts complete with rosettes and ‘Votes for Women’ sashes.

Guests at OVH's Older Person's Day 2018 The Bootle Belles with Victoria Jones at OVH's Older Person's Day 2018

Alongside the champagne afternoon tea, guests enjoyed raucous live entertainment from local comedian PJ Laine and the Bootle Belles as well as an empowering set by acclaimed singer Victoria Jones (Liver Bird).

Displayed throughout the venue were banners and boards with information about the women who fought for the cause. These were provided by Crosby Library and produced with support from our own Community Development Fund.

Victoria Jones at OVH's Older Person's Day 2018 Guests dancing at OVH's Older Person's Day 2018

The event received National Lottery funding from the Big Lottery Fund, the largest funder of community activity in the UK, as part of a series of four OVH community events which aims to bring people together and tackle social isolation.

International Day of Older Persons is a United Nation initiative started in 1991 to raise awareness of health and social issues important to the elderly and to celebrate their continued contribution to society.

Nancy, OVH customer said: I had an absolutely lovely day! The host was so funny and it was great to see all of the live music. I can’t wait for the next one!”

Ann Owens, Head of Customer Empowerment, said: “Thanks to the Big Lottery Fund, this year we were able to bring together more members of the community to celebrate Older Persons Day and mark the centenary of the women’s vote in spectacular fashion.”

Joe Darroch, Outreach Activities Officer at Veterans HQ, said: This has been such a great tribute and very well organised. We were all made to feel so welcome and we really enjoyed the food, entertainment and company.”