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Age UK works with a number of friendship centres across the country. They provide a great way to meet like-minded people and make friends in your area.

The friendship centres listed below are run by groups of active older people who meet on a regular basis for social activities, which could include rambling, tenpin bowling, pub lunches, theatre visits, holidays and days out.

Please note that social groups, activites and services are provided by local Age UKs across the country, including Age UK's befriending services. Find out what's available near you.

Friendship centres in England

Blackburn O50 Group

Area of benefit: Blackburn

Activities available:

  • Visiting/Befriending
  • Social activities
  • Handyperson
  • Dementia support
  • Information
  • Signposting

Opening hours:

Meeting second Wednesday of every month at Lammack Church Hall Blackburn.

Address: Lammack Church Hall, Lannack Road, Blackburn, BB2

Bridport & District Friendship Group

Area of benefit: Bridport

Activities available:

  • Social activities
  • Exercise/physical activity
  • Transport
  • Information

Main contact: Mrs A Pownall
Tel:
01308 422162

Email

Central Preston Friendship Centre

Area of benefit: Preston; PR1; PR2

Activities available:

  • Social activities
  • Lunches
  • Coffee mornings
  • Theatre visits
  • Trips to places of interest 
  • Monthly meeting with a speaker

Opening hours:

  • Third Monday of the month, 2:00pm

Address: Lune St Methodist Church, Preston

Chorley Friendship Centre

Activities available:

  • Social activities
  • Lunches
  • Coffee mornings
  • Theatre visits
  • Trips to places of interest
  • Monthly meeting with a speaker

Opening hours:

  • Last Wednesday of the month, 2:00pm

Coventry Friendship Centre

Area of benefit: Coventry

Activities available:

  • Visiting/befriending
  • Social activities
  • Monthly meetings: speakers or social afternoon with tea/coffee
  • Coffee mornings 2-3 times a month
  • Lunches once a month
  • Theatre trips
  • Evening meals 6-7 times a year
  • Days out
  • Holidays
  • Sunday lunches 5-6 times a year 

Tel: 024 76677361

Ealing Friendship Centre

Area of benefit: Ealing

Activities available:

  • Social activities

Tel: 020 85799868

Lancaster & Morecambe Friendship Group

Area of benefit: Lancaster; Morecambe; Galgate; Bolton-le-Sands

Activities available:

  • Social activities
  • Information

Main contact: Richard Howell
Tel:
01524 400504

Email 

NE Ten Pin Bowling SIG

Area of benefit: Newcastle; Whitley Bay; Gateshead; North Shields; Tynemouth; Cramlington; Wallsend

Activities available:

  • Exercise/physical activity

Main contact: Robin Berks
Tel:
0191 252 4967

Email

Nuneaton O50 Friendship Centre

Area of benefit: North Warwickshire; Nuneaton; Bedworth; Atherstone; Leicester; CV11; CV12; CV10; CV13; CV9; CV7; LE10; LE67

Activities available:

  • Social activities
  • Information

Opening hours:

  • First Wednesday of the month 1.45pm - 4.00pm

Main contact: Ann Johnson
Address: Ambleside Sports and Social Club, Ambleside Way, Nuneaton, CV11 6AT
Tel: 02476350632

Email

Outer North London Companions Friendship Centre

Area of benefit: Outer North London 

Activities available:

  • Visiting/Befriending
  • Social activities
  • Information
  • Signposting

Main contact: John Ball

Email

Pudsey Friendship Group

Area of benefit: Pudsey, Farsley, LS28 5DJ

Activities available:

  • Social activities for over 50s
  • Exercise/physical activity
  • Walking and strolling groups
  • Outings
  • Pub lunches
  • Holidays
  • Information

Opening times:

  • Third Thursday of the month 1:30 - 4:00pm

Main contact: Marylyn Whelan
Tel: 01274 511 368

Email

Tamworth Friendship Centre

Area of benefit: Tamworth

Activities available:

  • Walking
  • Ten pin bowling
  • Day trips and holidays
  • Other events including skittles evenings

Opening hours:

We meet on the 1st Wednesday of every month at the Globe Inn, Lower Gungate, Tamworth. Pay and display parking is available. 12.00pm for lunch (no need to book); 1.30pm for meeting with speaker.

Tel: 01827 896733 or 07771 725 779
Website: https://sites.google.com/site/tamworthfriendshipcentre

Email

Wakefield Friendship Centre

Area of benefit: Wakefield District

Activities available:

  • Social activities

Email

 

Scotland

To find out more about friendship centres in the following areas, contact 0800 169 87 87:

  • Dumfries
  • Kilmarnock (Ayrshire)
  • Kirkcaldy

Wales and Northern Ireland

We do not currently have any friendship centres in Wales and Northern Ireland.

Can't find something near you?

If you can’t find a friendship centre in your area, don’t worry! There are also many more social groups and activities provided across the country by our local Age UK partners. You can find out more about opportunities to take part in social activities and meet like-minded people in your area by putting your postcode in the search box below.

Find local events and social groups at your Age UK


Further information

For more information: Call Age UK on: 0800 169 8787

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