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 is delivered from our Hub in Aston and 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.
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Mondays: 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.
Thursdays: 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, Wednesday and Friday 9.30am-12.30pm). 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.
Tuesdays: 9.30am – 10.30am & Thursdays: 1.00pm to 2.00pm
Our Aston Women’s Fitness & Wellbeing Club launched in 2017 and currently offers free female fitness sessions twice a week from our centre in Aston on the Witton Road. The sessions offer varying degrees of intensity. So whether you want to get healthier with some light exercise or get a hard work out in, there is sure to be something to suit you. Aston Women’s Fitness & Wellbeing Club is not an Ageing Well specific programme and so sessions are open to females aged 18 plus and are based around the interests of the participants and led by a qualified female instructor. There will be the opportunity to measure you progress with weigh ins and measurements being taken throughout. There is no need to preregister to take part, but please make sure you arrive 10 – 15 minutes before the session is due to begin so that the session can start on time. To find out more please call Maxine on 0121 250 0781.
Wednesdays: 10.30am – 12.30pm
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.
The Neighbourhood Network Scheme is a city-wide initiative funded by Birmingham City Council. It is all about identifying and mapping health & wellbeing activities for the over 50s within the constituency wards where people live. The purpose of NNS is to ensure that as many citizens as possible aged over 50 can access community based support which can promote well-being and a better quality of life. NNS aims to do this through better co-ordination of community-based prevention & early intervention services.Partnering with Karis Neighbour Scheme, Nechells Pod and Soho First, Birmingham Settlement is the Lead agency for the Ladywood Constituency, who along with partners oversee and co-ordinate the work of the project. Our work involves project support workers across the 4 wards of Ladywood, Nechells, Aston, Soho & Jewellery Quarter getting to know the activities & services available to over 50s on their patch. Workers are also tasked with identifying and filling in local gaps in provision by operating a small grants scheme to enable existing or new and emerging groups to try new things. They also provide training and support to groups & undertake community infrastructure support. We work also work closely with the Ladywood social work team to link them up with groups so they can refer their clients to groups where they take part in meaningful health and wellbeing activities within their own communities.If you’d like to find out more about Ladywood NNS, contact Carlene, Project Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org
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