The Festival for Older People (FOP) this year will be delivered via virtual recordings, live streams and by dial-in calls, a first for many of us.

To celebrate International Day of Older Persons, and to help improve the lives of older people in Central Bedfordshire, HWCB will once again be hosting the Festival for Older People, and this year in a very different way.

The theme of this year’s event is: Pandemics: Do They Change How We Address Age and Ageing? 

During the week 28th September-2nd October, we will be holding a virtual session each day, that you can dip in and out of, to hear more about what health and social care services are available to you in Central Bedfordshire.



Sit back and enjoy the FOP and consider donating to the Macmillan coffee morning

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To join the ‘Live’ Zoom event, Friday 2nd October

We will be hosting a live Zoom event on Friday, 2nd October, 10am to 12 noon – where you will have the chance to raise any questions and discuss experiences with a wide range of organisations.

Please make sure you register before Friday, to receive the Zoom link information.

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Please email to register.


Do you have a question about health or social care services?

If you would also like to send us your questions, in advance, please send them to By sending in your questions, and joining in the live Zoom event, you will be entered into the draw for a luxury hamper!


For those of you that are new to Zoom, please see here an easy guide:

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Looking at mobile phoneIf you would prefer to join by telephone, members of the Healthwatch team will be available Monday to Thursday, between 10am and 12 noon, to take your calls on anything related to the festival, and questions to raise on Friday.



Emily, one of our young volunteers, is looking forward to seeing you at the virtual Festival for Older People 2020. Hear what she has to say:

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Joining us will be representatives from across health, social care and the voluntary sector.


Valentina’s Music Quiz

Here are the quiz questions that Valentina has produced for the Festival. The quiz is included in Monday and Wednesday’s programme, and we will share the answers on Friday, 2nd October.

If you would like a copy of the quiz to print, please contact us on 0300 303 8554 or


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Colouring for Relaxation

For those of you who enjoy colouring for relaxation, we have produced a colouring book themed for the Festival for Older People.

You can download the book here:

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Please keep up to date with the programme of events, as they are confirmed, and how you can join in.

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