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The Healthy Living ethos is all about finding ways to live a happier and healthier older life.

Just because you’re getting older doesn’t mean you have to stop enjoying life. As your circumstances change with career changes and retirement, children leaving home, and the loss of loved ones, it becomes more important to find new ways to deal with these changes.

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The Healthy Living Centre

The Healthy Living Centre is an open access centre for older people providing a wide range of services and social activities.

The Healthy Living Centre in Bermondsey is colloquially known as the Yalding Centre because of the street running up alongside it.

Our aim is to maintain and improve physical and mental wellbeing and to promote an active lifestyle. We support and encourage people who use the service to  rekindle old friendships and make new friends. Anybody over 55 is always welcome to drop in.

We have hosted a range of day trips and events, promoting fun, laughter and enjoyment for the people who attend.

  • Download info leaflet [PDF, 0.8MB]

    Find out more about what's on offer at the Yalding Healthy Living Centre.

  • Membership

    We have a variable membership charge at our Healthy Living Centre tailored for the individual's experience. Pop along for a taster day and find out more about the activities & services on offer!

Training courses at Yalding

We now offer a range of accredited training courses from our Yalding Healthy Living Centre. These are open to anyone in receipt of benefits (eg Universal Credit, Housing Benefit, Council Tax Benefit), with no age restriction. Please contact us on 020 7237 0860. Click the pink button for details of the courses available.

Contact us

For more information about anything related to the Healthy Living Centre and our activities, please call on 020 7237 0860 or email us by clicking on the pink button


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Healthy Living Project in Nunhead

Lime Tree Healthy Living Project is a outreach project which welcomes people aged 50+. The project takes services and activities into a sheltered housing scheme, located in Nunhead. Non residents are encouraged to attend and participate in the services and activities alongside the residents. The aim is to create peer support, friendships and sharing of hobbies.

We host various discussion and workshop groups in addition to outings as we want to discourage you from isolating yourself. We host events, where new friendships can be forged and old friendships rekindled; we want to prevent loneliness, as this can creep upon you because of the changes that may have taken place in your life such as, for the residents, having to leave the place they once called home; children moving away; bereavement. “Here at Lime Tree bringing the residents and non residents together is like a breath of fresh air.”

Our activities include:

  • Seated exercise
  • Arts & Craft
  • Outings
  • Bingo
  • Knitting / Crochet
  • Celebrations and one-off events
  • Whist / card games


The project is open from 10am – 4pm, Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday.

You will have to bring your own lunch but we do provide tea and coffee.

Christmas at the Healthy Living Centre

Menders Club

Find out more about our Menders Club, a creative space for men 50+

Communities Living Well

Free activities in Southwark for people aged 50 years and over.

Communities Living Well is an association of older people, volunteers, statutory, community and private sector organisations working with Age UK Lewisham and Southwark.

Together we create new opportunities for people to get involved across Southwark and offer diverse activities to anybody aged over 50 living in the borough.

This project is an opportunity for older people to try new activities and make new friendships.

If you would like to be involved and have your say in what activities you would like brought closer to you, please contact us via email.

Activities leaflet

Download our latest Communities Living Well activities leaflet here

We also support local organisations and groups, including:

  • Golden Oldies

    The Southwark Golden Oldies Community Care Project have held groups at the Yalding Healthy Living Centre in the past, and we will soon be collaborating with them on an exciting digital project. Their aim is to alleviate feelings of isolation by providing help for older people through a wide range of both stimulating and relaxing activities.

  • Latin American Elders

    FULA (Futuro Latino Americano) meet for social activities twice a week at Stones End Day Centre, for a chat, some knitting exchange skills, dancing a tango around sharing coffee or tea and biscuits. It's for any person over 50 years old with a Latin American background, Spanish or Portuguese speaking.