Over 150 senior citizens from across Ballymena came together last Tuesday afternoon for a tea dance with a difference.
For refreshments, dancing and entertainment were not the only items on the packed programme which unfolded at the Leighinmohr Hotel.
Organised by the four local Community Cluster groups of Ballymena South, Bann Maine West, Ballymena East and North Ballymena, the event also gave those who attended the opportunity to browse stands featuring information from such organisations as the Mid and East Antrim Agewell Partnership, Alzheimers Society and Sainsburys.
Participants also received free health checks from a local pharmacist and were able to meet up with their peers from different cluster areas and hear more about other events and activities going on in Ballymena.
Chairman of Ballymena South Brian Holmes welcomed all to the event, not least the newly elected Mayor of Mid & East Antrim, Councillor Billy Ashe who confirmed he was delighted to attend.
Mayor Ashe told the packed gathering: “It’s great to see such a fantastic turnout and also brilliant to see the Community Clusters working together. I hope there will be many more similar events in the future”
The Cluster concept is unique to Ballymena and was initiated by the Borough Council in 2010 with the key emphasis being for the four communities to share resources.
It has proved to be extremely successful in many ways including the levering additional funding into Ballymena and staging of initiatives to help boost the development of local community groups such as computer training, youth activities, health events and luncheon clubs.