Over 50's near Penzance are being invited to a free lifeskills exhibition next week, to better find out about some of the council-run services in the area.

Penwith 50+ Forum and Cornwall Council are hosting the Penzance Senior Lifeskills Exhibition in St Johns Hall, Alverton Street, on Wednesday (April 10).

The free exhibition runs from 10am till 3pm and covers a variety of themes such as getting and staying active in later life, personal safety and wellbeing and raising awareness of the benefits that physical, social and mental activity brings.

There will be more than 30 different organisations attending with demonstrations, information, guidance and support available from a number of professionals.

Refreshments will be available throughout the day.

Steve Rowell, Cornwall Council community safety officer and joint organiser of the exhibition said: "Helping people to stay active as they get older provides many specific benefits, for example it helps maintain independence, is a good way of maintaining and increasing social networks, gets you out and about in the local community, and increases energy levels and zest for life."

"The population for Penwith is about 64,300, of which 46 per cent are aged over 50 years of age (29,800) and this figure is set to rise over the coming years.

"We are aware that this group can be hard to reach and that there are many individuals that live alone, sometimes in isolated locations. This can make it a challenge to provide services to such people and ensure their safety and welfare.

"I am hoping that by bringing all these services together in St Johns Hall, it makes it easier and worthwhile for older people to come and see us."

Exhibitors on the day are set to include various teams from Cornwall Council such as road safety, trading standards and library services, as well as Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service and a wide range of charitable organisations and support groups for the elderly and disabled.