Clubs and groups for 60+

Clubs and groups for 60+

Laughing group
group of men

Do you sometimes feel that you are on your own and have less contact with friends or family than you would like to? You may have lost the confidence to go out or feel cut off from others.

Loneliness and isolation are feelings that we can all experience, but it can be worse when you are older.

Our Golden Years groups are for people aged 60 + and a chance for you to join like-minded individuals for a cuppa and a natter, a chance to knit or sew, a game of cards or maybe you would like support to get to grips with using your tablet or mobile phone.

Come and build new friendships or maybe even rekindle some old ones!

We can also recommend other groups that you may be interested in.

David's Story - Golden Years member of 4 years

After your working life finishes it can be really hard to know what to do with yourself every day. It is easy to become isolated and depressed. Through his profession as a tailor, after retiring, David started to run the sewing club at Golden Years, and not only did that give him a purpose, it introduced him to a whole range of new friends with whom he had more in common than he was expecting. He now knows their families, and conversations are not just about the past and illness, but about their new interests and activities.

He feels that Golden Years has helped him make the transition into retirement and given him a reason to be active and social. Outside of the Golden Years, his group of new friends meet up for dinners and days out – thanks to that initial contact with the Groups.

Silvie's Story - Golden Years member of 2 years

Silvie had been the victim of domestic violence and had been suffering from depression and a complete lack of confidence. Golden Years really gave back her life to her, built her confidence, and gave her something to look forward to for the first time in a long time. The groups have become a lifeline and now she looks forward to going out and socialising. Her family have seen a real change in her and are now less worried about her mental health than they had been before she began the groups. When asked about what else could be added, she struggled to think of anything, although she did say she enjoyed the outings very much.


Emma's Story - Golden Years member of 18 months

Emma suffers from Multiple Sclerosis and had become very withdrawn, often seeing just 2 or 3 people a week. By nature very shy, it took her about 3-4 weeks of attending Golden Years groups to ‘get into it’ and feel comfortable in the groups.

Now, it is the highlight of her week, she really enjoys the days out, and feels like ‘the old me again’ thanks to attending the groups. She also used the word ‘lifeline’ and felt that the participants had become her extended family.

She really couldn’t imagine anything more that could be offered to improve the service.

Doreen's Story - Golden Years member of 2 years

Doreen lost her husband and had become extremely depressed and isolated. She came along to Golden Years with a friend to ‘see what it was like’, 2 years ago, and hasn’t looked back.

It took a little while to feel at home, but now the clubs have become her second home. She looks forward to hearing the news from her friends, and has been able to meet up with many of them outside the Golden Years clubs themselves. She cannot imagine any more that could be done to improve the service, and praised Sue and Jackie for their commitment and energy.

Current groups that we run:

Monday

Men’s Group

Full-sized snooker table, cards, board games and darts.

10.30am – 12.30pm

Fanshawe Community Complex,
Barnmead Road,
Dagenham,
RM9 5DX

Tuesday

Social Club

Socialise, chat and meet new people.

9.30am – 12pm

Fanshawe Community Complex,
Barnmead Road,
Dagenham,
RM9 5DX


Tuesday

Social Club

Socialise, chat and meet new people.
Starting 22nd November

11.30am – 2pm

New Avenue Social Club,
231 Dagenham Road,
Rush Green,
RM7 0TP

Wednesday

Sewing & Craft Group

Learn to knit, sew or crochet or show others how.

10.30am – 12.30pm and 1:00pm-3:00pm

Dawson Hall,
330 Hedgemans Road,
Dagenham,
RM9 6BX


Wednesday

Social Club

Socialise, chat and meet new people.

1:00pm – 3:00pm

Sue Bramley Centre,
Bastable Avenue,
Barking,
IG11 0LG

Thursday

Social Club

Socialise, chat and meet new people.

10.30am – 12.30pm

Dawson Hall,
330 Hedgemans Road,
Dagenham,
RM9 6BX


Resource Material:

There is a wealth of information available on the internet around tackling social isolation. Some good resources can be found in the links and documents below.

https://www.scie.org.uk/publications/ataglance/ataglance60.asp