Today, The Duchess of Cornwall visited Banbury, a town which has committed to becoming ‘Age Friendly’, through the investment of better transport, health facilities and social activities.
Combined, these facilities will help to enable older people to flourish. By 2050 there will be more people over the age of 60 than under 14 for the first time in human history (World Health Organisation).
The Duchess of Cornwall visited the Cornhill Centre, a special hub run by the Royal Voluntary Service, of which The Duchess is President. The Royal Voluntary Service is one of the largest volunteering organisations in the country to date and nearly 20,000 volunteers a year give their skills, experience, and time to help people in the community and in hospitals.
The Cornhill Centre is run solely by helpers who organise social clubs.
The Duchess got involved with a dance class and learnt about the other activities available like the book, film and craft clubs.
The Duchess of Cornwall also visited Second Time Around, a charity furniture restoration project that recycles wooden furniture.
Her Royal Highness met with stall holders to learn about the training and volunteering opportunities offered by the charity.