Health and Lifestyle for the over 50s

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Volunteer

If you would like to get involved in volunteering then we will try to help you find something that suits you.  You can use our forums to connect with people and ask for details of opportunities in your local area and you can use the search tool at the top of this page.

If you are looking for volunteers or you know of organisations that are, then please use our forums to let other users know or alternatively you can email us with the details and we will publish them for you.

There are no right or wrong reasons to volunteer. Some people volunteer because a particular cause is close to their heart, some people volunteer to stay fit and active, other people do it in order to gain confidence, boost their self-esteem, or because they want to pass on or learn new skills. Whatever your reasons, volunteering can be a great way to make new friends and have fun.

Start or join a club

Whatever your interests are, clubs are a great way of bringing like-minded people together. You could join an established club with an existing group of members for you to connect with or alternatively you could start your own club and attract other people to join you.

However you do it, being part of a club can bring lots of benefits. It can help you to socialise and feel included, it can help you to learn about new subjects from people with more knowledge and experience, it can help to get you off the sofa and out of your house so you keep your mind and body active, and it can provide access to various events that you might otherwise never have known about.

Please use our forums to connect with like-minded people and discuss the hobbies and activities that your clubs cater for. Alternatively feel free to email us with details of the clubs you attend or that you would like to find in your local area and we will publish the details for you.

Learn new skills

You’re never too old to learn new skills. You may not find it as quick and easy as when you were a child but don’t let that put you off. Life-long learning can help you to remain mentally active, stimulated and engaged by what you learn as well as life itself.

As we get older many of us tend to resist change in order to shelter in our comfort zones but this can sometimes lead to boredom and dissatisfaction. Whether you want to learn a new language, a craft like pottery or sculpture, learn computer programming, learn how to juggle or learn how to ski, learning a new skill can provide a spark of enthusiasm to your day to day life.

You can use our forums to share your experiences and to inspire others to challenge themselves. Or you can ask other users for ideas and guidance about where and how to learn the new skills you are interested in. Alternatively please feel free to email us with any thoughts you would like to share and we will publish the details for you.

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