Indoor Seated Archery

Older people in Syston tried their hand at Indoor Seated Archery at a free Royal Voluntary Service event held on Thursday 31st May.

John Shillcock

The free event took place during the Syston Young at Heart group and was part of ‘First Time for Everything’, a programme designed by Royal Voluntary Service and Prudential to give older people in Leicestershire (and across the UK) an opportunity to try something new for free in their local community. 
Rachel Gray, Activity Coordinator from Royal Voluntary Service demonstrated how to take part in the activity safely and great fun was had by all. Gentle exercise has been shown to have many benefits for older people as staying active and social have been proven to be important to keeping fit and well in older age.
There was also an opportunity to hear about other local Royal Voluntary Service activities for older people that may be of interest. 
Rachel Gray, Activity co-ordinator for the Royal Voluntary Service in Leicestershire, said: “It was wonderful to see so many local people enjoying our First Time for Everything Indoor seated archery event. Thanks to funding from Prudential, we have lots more exciting events coming up and hope that even more older people, their carers and families will come along.  It’s never too late to try something for the first time.”
Christine Foulds who attended the Prudential First Time for Everything seated indoor archery event said: “First time I’ve done it today. I’ve enjoyed it enormously!”
Eleanor Turner, Head of Corporate Responsibility at Prudential, said: “The First Time for Everything programme has had a significant impact in the communities where it’s already run. We want to help create experiences that enhance the lives of older people and at the same time help address the epidemic of loneliness in the UK, particularly amongst the elderly. We’re therefore delighted to be supporting Royal Voluntary Service. We hope that even more older people will enjoy trying First Time for Everything activities in Leicestershire in 2018.” 
Royal Voluntary Service relies on support from local volunteers to help run First Time for Everything events and other social activities and is looking for more volunteers to join its friendly, dedicated team. 
Rachel Gray says: “For anyone with a few hours to spare, volunteering is a great way to get involved in the local community. Our volunteers are a wonderful bunch of people – many are aged 60 and over – and they really enjoy the buzz they get from helping others.”  
For more information about First Time for Everything activities for older people in Leicestershire and to find out more about volunteering opportunities at the events, contact Rachel Gray from Royal Voluntary Service on 07795 450 602, email [email protected] or visit www.royalvoluntaryservice.org.uk