Aiming for the stars with open day event in Keighley

Keighley News: Welcome Project members with representatives of groups that funded the Star Centre event (from left) Geoff Grange, Shona Grange, Joyce Baruch, Andy Sheppard and Mick Charlton Welcome Project members with representatives of groups that funded the Star Centre event (from left) Geoff Grange, Shona Grange, Joyce Baruch, Andy Sheppard and Mick Charlton

There was space for older people to learn of the importance of communication during an open day at Keighley’s college.

The Welcome Project, which provides support to over-55s, organised the event at the Star Centre on Keighley Campus. Eighty people of all ages saw demonstrations of communication through space using satellites, and were able to visit ‘mission control’.

There were also more down-to-earth activities, including talks by Keighley Amateur Radio Society and Raynet, the Radio Amateurs Emergency Network.

Visitors were also told about the new Artful Jammy Dodgers project, which allows Keighley people to create community radio programmes.

The Welcome Project outlined its activities, which help older people socialise and support each other.

Welcome Project spokesman Shona Grange said: “The Welcome Project is aware people can feel isolated and lonely, and one key issue is communication.

“We wanted to demonstrate that although talking face-to-face might be difficult for a number of reasons, there are many other ways to stay in touch.”

Artful Jammy Dodgers welcomes people to attend who are isolated, lonely, low in mood or lacked confidence. E-mail shonagrange@btinternet.com for details.

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