Merton launches online directory for over 50s

Morden Library will open its doors exclusively to Merton’s older community on Wednesday 3 September from 2pm to 5pm, for the launch of the council’s new online information directory for over fifties.

The online directory brings together useful information and links to relevant clubs, services, external organisations and websites in one, easy to find location, on the council website –

The open day and launch is part of Merton’s Celebrating Age Festival and offers over fifties a chance to learn more about what Merton Library and Heritage Service offers for older people.

Merton Adult Education will be on hand to offer IT taster sessions on “Taking Great Photos with your Digital Camera” and “Using the Internet and Email to keep in touch with family around the world”.

Councillor Maurice Groves, cabinet member for community services says: “Merton Libraries provide an array of services for older people and this is a great chance for them to come along and see what’s on offer while learning about the new online directory and access to other linked services for over fifties.”

The open day is just one of the many activities happening at libraries across Merton during the Celebrating Age Festival 2008 which runs from 1 – 26 September.

Activities such as jewellery making, yoga, computer courses, flower arranging and Wimbledon Model Railway Club drop-in day all feature in the libraries’ Celebrating Age programme for the month of September.

Councillor Linda Scott, cabinet member for housing, adult care and health says, “The Celebrating Age Festival is a great way for older people to have a taste of the many activities that are on offer specifically for them in Merton.”

“I encourage anyone over the age of fifty to make the most of Merton’s largest annual event for older people by getting themselves a free programme to find out what’s on offer this year.”

To find out more about the festival, order a programme or make a booking, residents can call the Festival Line from Monday to Friday, 10am to 3pm on 020 8545 4712 or visit