Getting older shouldn’t stop you enjoying life and through our Ageing Well programme we can help you do just that. Whether you’re looking to make new friends, touch up your creative skills or keep fit with a spot of light exercise, we have something for you.
Ageing Well has been at the heart of the Aston community since 2007 providing a range of free services and opportunities to over 50s. Through Ageing Well we are able to help older people develop friendships and support networks, reducing the isolation we know many older people in our local community face. We also offer exercise classes, helping older people stay active, improve their physical wellbeing and importantly maintain their independence. In addition to our specific activity sessions we also provide free advice and signposting helping people to overcome whatever challenges life throws their way.
Ageing Well members themselves are at the core of this service, sharing their views and helping to develop the provision in line with their needs and interests through our Ageing Well Forum.
Find out more about these services below and read testimonials from some of our clients by clicking here.
Monday 10.15 – 11.15am
Taking place every Monday (excluding Bank Holidays) our fully instructed Yoga sessions offer a great start to the week. These sessions are particularly tailored towards people with limited mobility and focus on improving strength, flexibility and overall mobility through gentle exercise. If you are over 50 and are interested in taking part, pop along on Monday morning or give us a call to find out more.
Thursday 11am – 12pm
Tai Chi takes place every Thursday afternoon and like our Yoga sessions, are led by a qualified instructor. Combining breathing exercises and gentle motions, Tai Chi offers a gentle form of exercise which can improve strength, balance and flexibility and aids relaxation. If you are over 50 and are interested in joining our Tai Chi sessions, come along to our Thursday sessions or give us a call to find out more.
We also provide a number of other services for older people and throughout the year we plan various activities for Ageing Well members and those using other Birmingham Settlement services. From stage performances to trips to Blackpool, these activities offer you the opportunity to experience something new and are planned around the requests of the community themselves.Keep an eye out on our blog and social media pages or sign up to our E-Bulletins to find out more and keep up to date with the latest news.
If you are in need of support to deal with your debts, help understanding your benefit entitlements or simply need help with budgeting please come and talk to us. You can either speak to a member of staff when you are at an Ageing Well session or pop in to our money advice drop in (Monday,Tuesday, Thursday & Friday). To find out more about our drop in please visit bit.ly/BSMADI .
Minimum 4 times a year – 2 hours long
Our Ageing Well Forum is at the heart of Ageing Well, giving members themselves the opportunity to direct the service and speak to us about other issues affecting them individually or as a community. Our Ageing Well Forum is open to everyone over the age of 50 and takes place approximately every other month. In addition to the bi-monthly meetings, we also facilitate ad-hoc meetings covering specific topics raised by members themselves. If you want the opportunity to be a part of your local service and help bring about changes in your local community, please give us a call to find out more about the Ageing Well Forum and for details of our next meeting.
Wednesday 10.30am – 11.30am
Starting on 5th April, Birmingham Settlement is launching a FREE community dance programme run from our centre in Aston. Classes will be on Wednesday mornings from 10:30am-11:30am. These are beginner classes geared mainly towards individuals aged 50+, but open to all. The programme aims to boost physical and mental wellbeing through good exercise, reduce isolation, help people to learn new skills and have fun! Some of the styles on offer include: ballet, jazz, tap and Caribbean styles (please enquire for specific dates for each style). No previous experience is needed, just willingness to get involved!
Tuesday 11am – 1pm
Run by a volunteer who is a mature student currently completing her Degree in Art and the Ageing Well members themselves, these weekly sessions bring older people from the local community together to share their skills, creativity and love of art. Using different techniques and materials Ageing Well art sessions enable people of all abilities to let their creative streak out and learn how to perfect their artistic talents. If you would like to put your creativity to the test and take part please come along to one of our sessions or give us a call to find out more.