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Leap over 50, Leisure, Exercise and Activity for People over 50

Leap over 50 (originally LEAP Over 60) was set up in 1997 and is a project managed between Age UK Dudley, Dudley NHS Primary Care Trust and Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council.

The project has now changed it's name to Leap over 50 to recognise the age groups who take part in activities across the borough.


Leap over 50 is short for:


‘Leisure, Exercise and Activity for People over 50’.   


The aim of the project is to develop, increase and improve leisure exercise/education and activity provision for all people 50+ living in the Dudley Borough.


Inactivity, not ageing is the enemy of us all. A sedentary lifestyle can lead to many debilitating and life threatening diseases and cause the equivalent damage to an individual as smoking 20 cigarettes a day.


Being active means different things to everyone. Some people will prefer to incorporate it into everyday tasks, such as walking more briskly to the shops. Others will prefer regular or recreational activity such as a class.  

Participants can enjoy the benefits of:


·         A healthier lifestyle

·         An increased awareness of exercise, educational and leisure activities

·         Accident and falls prevention

·         Improved mental health

·         Socialising and friendship

·         And most importantly… FUN! 


What does LEAP Over 50 Do?

The project encourages work with individuals, groups and organisations across the borough of Dudley to create more exercise / activity opportunities for all older people whatever their ability.


Leap over 50 can provide you with information through our comprehensive ‘Activity Sheets by Postcode’ on courses, groups and sessions throughout Dudley Borough where physical activity may not be the main focus, but where fun, making new friends or developing new or existing skills is the main aim.   These activities take place in community centres, church halls, colleges, and other organizations as well as at our own Age UK Dudley Activity Centres.  These comprise:





Gentle Exercise

Computer – beginners and intermediates

Luncheon Clubs

Tai Chi

Internet & Email

Sailing model boats


Digital Cameras

Flower Arranging\


Tracing Family History

Cake Decorating

Sequence & Ballroom Dancing

U3A (University of the Third Age)

Harmonica club


Drawing & Painting


Line Dancing



Tea Dances



Short Mat Bowls

Guitar and Keyboards





Table Tennis

Literacy & Numeracy


Nintendo Wii




We deliver walks - Healthy Footsteps for 50 Plus, and cycle rides - Get Cycling for 50 plus, both of which have quarterly  programmes (see links) as well as many more Sports activities - click on the link below to find out what we have to offer.

Sports Programme - April 2017 




Photography Club for 50 plus




Community Groups - Whats new in the borough - Newletter


Other Activities:


Training and support programmes for volunteers and people working with older people to ensure exercise and activities can be provided, for example, exercise tutors, walk leaders, cycling support riders. Support to individuals and groups of people developing new activities, helping them to network with other agencies to establish links of communication.


Contact us

Leap Over 50 Project


Partnership in action


The Leap over 50 project is managed between Age UK Dudley, Dudley NHS Primary Care Trust and Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council. These organisations work to ensure that exercise and activity opportunities are created to encourage more older people to take part.


The project works with many groups and organisations across the Dudley Borough. Support to individuals and groups of people developing and maintaining new activities, helping them to network with other agencies to establish improved links of communication, ie: venues, tutors and trainers.


The project prides itself on developing and maintaining links and partnerships across the Borough.




What our partners say 

"As the main partner in the project with Age UK Dudley it has given me great pleasure over the years to see the development of LEAP from its humble beginnings to the point where it is now nationally recognised as good practice in the field of older people, activity and health.


It has taken hard work, perseverance and a lot of engagement and involvement with older people in Dudley, to achieve its current status. Regular feedback and evaluation has been a focus of LEAP and has been a major factor in its longevity and it is still developing." Dean Hill - Coronary Heart Disease Prevention Co-ordinator for Dudley Public Health Directorate and Head of Healthy Towns.