Are you aged 50+? Then we want to hear from you!

Are you aged 50+? Then we want to hear from you!

Learn more about how you can get involved in our new ReAct project at our next Ideas Café in Farnworth on Tuesday 21 January.

Last year we announced the launch of ReAct, a new two-year National Lottery funded project working with older people in Bolton to set up new arts activities.

Later this month we will be holding an informal discussion session where people aged 50+ can learn more about the project, share their ideas and find out about how they can get involved.

Ideas Café Farnworth will take place on Tuesday 21 January from 10.30am - 12:30pm at the Age UK Learning and Activities Centre, Cross Street, Farnworth, BL4 7AG.

The session will give participants a chance to hear from our Creative Engagement team about their vision for the project and also gain your invaluable insights.

Anyone aged 50+ is welcome to attend and refreshments will also be served.

Spaces for Ideas Café Farnworth are limited. If you would like to attend please contact Caitlin Gleeson at to confirm your place.

What is ReAct and its aims?

Building upon the Octagon’s strong grounding of older people’s engagement work and our large network of over 50s audiences and volunteers, the ReAct project will support older people to become leaders in developing engagement work for their own age range.

ReAct Producer Caitlin Gleeson said:

‘We’re really excited to be creating a new programme of activities for over 50s that’s led by what participants want. ReAct is based on the idea that it is older people themselves who are best placed to generate ideas for engaging others, act as ambassadors in the community, and to ultimately lead the future of the theatre’s engagement work with older people. The programme aims to improve wellbeing and reduce loneliness, and will include a variety of different activities for anybody over 50 who wants to take part.’

This £93,000 project will help the theatre to achieve a year-round programme of Dementia Friendly Performances, launch a new volunteering programme and extend the reach of our regular over 50s theatre group to new areas in Bolton.