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Social activities

This is the perfect time in your life to get interested in a new hobby, gain new skills and make new friends, all of which can improve your physical health and mental wellbeing. Social activities can be anything from leisure and culture, to creative or recreational.

Your local community will support various social activities. Why not contact your local leisure centre, church and community centre to find out what social activities they do.

Alternatively, whatever your chosen activity is, we hope the following links give you support, help and guidance to finding that perfect social activity just for you.

Age UK is the web site for all aspects of older age including information on friendship sites, special interest groups and local forum groups. 

Women’s Royal Voluntary Service (WRVS) is not just for or run by women! Both men and women volunteers are welcome. This site covers a vast amount of information and helps older people live the way they want, giving personal and practical support. There’s information on local services in your area such as activities in community centres, clubs, cafes, lunch clubs and social activities.

Is there a hidden artist in you? Think you’re too old to enter an art competition? Then have a look at EAC Art Awards. The Awards celebrate the talent and creativity of amateur artists who are between the ages of 60 and over 100, and who work in any genre. With prizes on offer, it also rewards those talents.
Want to keep those little grey cells working with other like-minded people? Then The Third Age Trust may be for you. The Third Age Trust is the national representative body for the Universities of Third Age (U3As) in the UK These are self-help, self-managed lifelong learning co-operatives for older people who are no longer in full time work and provides opportunities for members to share learning experiences in a wide range of interest groups and to pursue learning not for qualifications, but for fun.

Avid reader and wish you could discuss the latest books with other bibliophiles? The Oldie Magazine literary lunches are held monthly in London and were first launched in 1996.

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