“We help create and setup volunteer-led activities for older people all across the city, whatever activities people are interested in doing. The newer and funkier the better.”
We host volunteer-led activities in for older people in community venues across the city with a focus is on social connections, health and wellbeing and having fun. Our volunteers run groups and activities where people get together to chat, to do or make things, to get exercise, to dance around, perform, show off, and often try something new. Our activities are all low-cost, just to cover the costs and so are able to be enjoyed by all.
Along with traditional groups like coffee mornings, arts and crafts, reminiscence and gentle exercise, we try out new and different experiences like Dungeons & Dragons, Silver Gaming, Snacking on Shakespeare, Creative Expressions. The newer and funkier the better. Art groups to acting out Shakespeare scenes for fun. We’re all about trying something new so we’ve been trying out some new so if there’s something you think we should try, then let us know!
Our Tablet Loan & Support Service supports someone over 50 to get online. One of our friendly Tech Tutors can show someone how to use a tablet to get better access to health appointments, connect with family and friends, join our group activities, follow their interests, play pastimes – and have a bit of fun along the way! Whatever they want to do, our service gives them everything they need to get started. It even includes a SIM – so no internet service required.
Our Healthlink volunteers accompany those 50+ to health appointments such as GP, hospital and dentists. Providing company and encouraging them to maintain their health and well-being, when they may not want to burden their family, or family no longer live locally, or they don’t have any. It’s so much easier with company and support, so our volunteers give that support. It’s not a transport service, we don’t take people there, our volunteers accompany them to the appointment and back home again after.
Not Just Participating
It’s not just about participating, though. You could be leading your own group, supporting another volunteer run theirs, helping people get to grips with technology or accompany them to health appointments. We provide training and support, insurances and safeguarding training. There’s plenty to get involved in and it can be very rewarding for you and those you support.