We offer an attractive and imaginative range of services and activities at community-based venues (including local libraries, community centres and churches etc.), throughout Bolton.

Two older peopleAll services and activities are led by specially recruited, trained and appropriately skilled and experienced volunteers.

Our aim is to enable and support older people to remain active (both physically and mentally) and independent within their own communities.

All of these services and activities have been set up in response to the demand from older people themselves.Please note that there may be a small charge for some services/activities.

Please note, too, that we’re always adding to the range of services and activities available within local communities.

Typically, these include:

Keep fit and other exercise classes etc.

These range from weekly gentle and chair-based exercises to carpet bowls, pilates, Tai Chi, line dancing, health talks, weight management classes and more.

Exercise class

Special interest and hobby groups etc.

These provide an ideal opportunity to indulge in a new interest/activity in the friendly company of others.And you’ll benefit from the guidance, support and encouragement of a skilled and experienced volunteer.

Currently available groups include card-making, mixed crafts, modern art, painting, knitting, computer sessions and more.

Please see also Courses and activities at our Learning and Resources Centre

Alternatively you could click on the image on the left which has been complied printed and produced for us by our partners Home Instead Bolton. It is specifically designed for Bolton’s residents who are 50+. We would like to thank Home Instead who have produced the guide as it contains 130 different events and regular activies to enable people to remain mentally, physically and socially active and young at heart to make the most of their later years. It includes coffee mornings, afternoon teas, lunch clubs, creative and learning activities, and dance and fitness for everyone from Walking Football to Chair-based exercise. Many of the activities are free  and others carry a small cover charge. For your free guide, please pop in to see us either at The Square or our Farnworth Centre or call Home Instead Bolton on 01204 565065  or email at enquiries.bolton@homeinstead.co.uk

Befriending service

Two ladies chatting

Our befriending service offers friendship and support to older people, especially those who are housebound or live alone and who feel isolated and/or lonely in some way.

We do this by matching a specially trained volunteer with an older person who feels they might benefit from this type of informal support and regular contact.

Once introduced, both spend quality time together on a regular (usually weekly) basis. This might involve simply relaxing and chatting at home over a cuppa, going for a short walk or visiting the local library, shops etc.

Inter-generational initiatives

Through our established partnerships with local schools etc., we have a small number of inter-generational initiatives. These bring together younger and older people to share experience, learning and enjoyment. At the same time, they help to challenge stereotypes and break down barriers between the generations.

Lunch and leisure clubs

Lunch and Leisure club


Our borough-wide network of weekly lunch and leisure clubs provides the perfect opportunity for a good quality and good value meal; a choice of social activities and relaxed social contact in a friendly and welcoming environment.


Toe Nail Cutting Service

As we grow older something as simple as cutting our own toenails can become much harder, or even impossible. Our professional toenail cutting service can help you:

  • Maintain your independence
  • Avoid becoming isolated and housebound
  • Reduce the likelihood of having a fall
  • Avoid the general discomfort which can accompany long toenails.

Two New Feet, are working with Age UK to provide a local toenail cutting service. Our staff are fully trained and insured to trim nails, file dry skin, massage and maintain the general health of the feet.  For more complex problems we can refer to a local podiatry group. We aim to allow appropriate time to provide treatment in a caring and professional manner. Our service is aimed at groups of people requiring low cost footcare treatment in the same location.

We currently run clinics at:
Thicketford House Day Care Centre, Thicketford Road, Bolton, BL2 2LW
On the First and Third Wednesday of the month (10am – 12 noon)
Phone: 01204 337537
Age UK Learning and Activities Centre, Cross St, Farnworth, BL4 7AG
Second and Fourth Thursday of the month (10am – 12 noon)
Phone: 01204 701525 for further details and to book an appointment.

All our Foot Health Therapists are fully trained and insured to trim nails, file dry skin, massage and maintain the general health of your feet.

Volunteering opportunities

What better way to stay active, fit and healthy than to join our team of community-based volunteers?

We need volunteers to support our existing range of services and activities and, especially, to help us develop new activities.

Please visit our volunteering opportunities page for more information

Help us to set up new services/activities in your community

We're keen to set up new services and activities in response to the changing needs, circumstances and aspirations of older people in local communities. If you, or any organisation that you’re involved with, have any ideas that you’d like to discuss or just to explore with us, we’d be delighted to hear from you.