On Tuesday 11th of December, Islington’s Community Sport team put on their annual Better Get Together (BGT) Christmas party at Sobell Leisure Centre but this year with a twist as it was incorporated with the parent & toddler gymnastics session on the neighbouring court.

 

The party was attended by at least 65 people (43 aged 60+ and 22 toddlers) plus guardians, staff and a young man with Down’s Syndrome (who has been attending BGT for a few months) with his support worker. The group danced and played together casually before a more structured Zumba session, the synchronised Macarena being a highlight with virtually all ages being represented.

 

40 people aged 60+ stayed on for a 3 course Christmas lunch that was prepared and delivered by an external catering company, a local social enterprise

 

The party was a great success and both groups said that they really enjoyed interacting with each other. Inspired by Channel 4 programme Old People's Home for 4 Year Olds it is a format that will be repeated next year.

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