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Contact our Wellbeing Services Team on wellbeing@ageukrichmond.org.uk and 020 8744 1965.

Our Wellbeing Services form part of a wider partnership of 20 local charities supporting adults of all ages to live independently, improve wellbeing and stay connected with their local community, called the Community Independent Living Service (CILS). If we don’t offer the support you need, we will try and put you in contact with another organisation who can.

We also work closely with other organisations, voluntary groups, community centres and educational institutions in the delivery of our services. We are always open to feedback, comments and suggestions.

Our activities take place at a range of community locations and online at home.

Please expand each of the sections below to display our latest activities and events:

Regular Activities at Community Locations

We run a variety of groups, classes and activities to improve wellbeing at a range of community locations, including our three Social & Wellbeing Centres in Twickenham, Whitton and Barnes.

Please note pre-booking is essential for all our activites; please contact each Social Centre directly or email the Wellbeing Services team on wellbeing@ageukrichmond.org.uk or call 020 8744 1965.

Activities at Twickenham Wellbeing Centre

We offer a range of sessions, groups and activities at our centre in Twickenham.

Free membership for those in receipt of pension credit.

Annual membership: £43 single, £75 per couple, small activity charges apply, however the activities marked with a * don't require a membership.

Contact: 0208 538 9254, jayne.fanning@ageukrichmond.org.uk

TWICKENHAM WELLBEING CENTRE TIMETABLE

Activities at Barnes Green Centre

We offer a range of sessions, groups and activities at our centre in Barnes.

Free membership for those in receipt of pension credit.

Annual membership: £43 single, £75 per couple, small activity charges apply, however the activities marked with a * don't require a membership.

Contact: 020 8876 2377, janet.eaton@ageukrichmond.org.uk

BARNES GREEN CENTRE TIMETABLE

Activities at Whitton Social Centre

We offer a range of sessions, groups and activities at our centre in Whitton.

Free membership for those in receipt of pension credit.

Annual membership is £25 single and £40 for a couple, small activity charges apply, however please note the activites markes with a * do not require a membership.

Contact: 020 8894 4967, surinder.kaur@ageukrichmond.org.uk

WHITTON SOCIAL CENTRE TIMETABLE

Activities at other Community Locations

Small activity charges apply.

Contact: 020 8744 1965, wellbeing@ageukrichmond.org.uk

Pub Restaurant Lunches

If you need further support please contact our Wellbeing Services Team on 020 8744 1965 or wellbeing@ageukrichmond.org.uk

Onetime and short Courses, Talks and Webinars

As well as our regular activities, we often run short courses and one off sessions. These are listed here. 

Activity Date/Location
Cost
Book
New Hairdressing Service at Whitton Social Centre

Starts 12th of January and available every other Friday

Cost varies

For more information please ring Surinder Kaur on 020 8894 4963 or email surinder.kaur@ageukrichmond.org.uk. 

 

Walking Rugby 8-week course

Starts Thursday 29th February

£35

Please book ideally online here. Alternatively you can email wellbeing@ageukrichmond.org.uk or ring Carol on 0208 744 1965.

Poetry Workshop

Friday 15 March, 10am-12pm

Free

Local writer and poet Lisa Jennings will be running a free poetry workshop at Age UK Richmond's Barnes Green Centre. Join us as we discuss a selection of poems by famous and loved poets. There'll even be time to write a few lines yourself if you feel inspired. No prior writing experience required. To book your place or for more information, email mt.keegan@ageukrichmond.org.uk or ring 0208 744 1965.

Health Morning - Talk about Prostate Cancer & Testicular Cancer with Patrick Williams



Wed 20th March

10am - 11am
Twickenham Wellbeing Centre

Free

Here is another chance to be part of a truly inspiring talk on Prostate & Testicular Cancer by survivor Patrick Williams, who has been affected by both cancers in his life and wants to bring awareness to all men on their health.

Please book your free place, ideally via our online booking site here. Alternatively you can ring Jayne on 020 8538 9254 or email jayne.fanning@ageukrichmond.org.uk


Health Morning- Talk about Bowel Cancer from a Health Improvement Specialist from St Georges Hospital


Wed 20th March

11.15am to 12pm
Twickenham Wellbeing Centre

Free

Bowel Cancer is the 4th most common cancer in the UK and the second biggest cause of cancer deaths.

Please book, ideally via our online booking site here. Alternatively you can ring Jayne on 020 8538 9254 or email jayne.fanning@ageukrichmond.org.uk

Ukulele for Beginners 6-week course

 

Start date on Friday19 April, last session on 24 May
10.30am
At Cabbage Patch pub in Twickenham

Cost £35

Learn to play this joyous instrument at the Cabbage Patch pub in Twickenham! Friday mornings at 10.30 am for six weeks.

Please book, ideally via our online booking site here.  Alternatively please email wellbeing@ageukrichmond.org.uk or ring Carol on 0208 744 1965.

If you sign up for a session but then find you are unable to make it, please let us know so that we can offer someone else your place. If you try to book a place and the session is already full, please email wellbeing@ageukrichmond.org.uk so that we can add you to our waiting list.
 
For more information about the above events please email wellbeing@ageukrichmond.org.uk
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Outings

Consider joining us for a day out.

In January we went on a backstage tour of Hampton Hill Theatre. In February our visit to The National Archives for a curator-led tour of the exhibition, Treason: People, Power & Plot, proved so popular we have filled a second date in March. During the summer we visited Whitstable and also the Desing Museum in London.

Outing

Date

Cost

Book

National Archives - Join us as we explore the exhibition ‘Great Escapes: Remarkable Second World War Captives.  Wednesday 28th February from 10.30 - 12.30 pm Free This outing is free but booking is essential. Reserve your place, ideally online here. Alternatively call Shyama Newton on 0208 744 1965, email wellbeing@ageukrichmond.org.uk or see staff at your centre
Outing to Hampton Court Palace Wednesday 13th March
10.30am - 2.30pm

Free Come with us to explore the forgotten story of Indian Army soldiers who camped at Hampton Court Palace in the early 20th century, through a new exhibition of previously unseen objects, photographs, film and personal stories. 

Please book your place here. Alternatively please email wellbeing@ageukrichmond.org.uk or ring Shyama on 0208 744 1965.

Booking system:

Our outings programme has always been very popular but lately demand for places has soared. Please kindly note it is no longer feasible to notify people individually about trips or put names down in advance.

Instead, we publish a list of outings online and posters will be displayed in advance in our social centres for those not online. Going forward, we will announce the date the outing goes on sale in advance giving everyone an equal chance to book a ticket on that date.

Places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

 

For more information on outings, contact wellbeing@ageukrichmond.org.uk or ring Marie Therese Keegan on 0208 744 1965.  

Sign up for our e-bulletin to receive the latest information about outings and our other activities.

Online and at Home

We know not everyone can attend our groups or sessions in the person. Therefore, we have home-based and online options to support your wellbeing.

TELEPHONE CHATS
Enjoy chatting to one of our friendly volunteers over the phone or by video call once a week – or however often you might need it.
We are also offering a specific telephone chats service for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender older people. More information about this can be found here.
Contact Jayne Fanning on jayne.fanning@ageukrichmond.org.uk or call 02085389254.

ACCOMPANIED WALKS
If you would like a friendly volunteer to accompany you on a walk we can help. You may be lacking a bit of confidence, be recovering after a fall or just looking for company!
We will ask you a few questions about your mobility before you can use the service. We may refer you to the NHS Falls & Bones Health Service for an assessment before you can use the service. You must be able to mobilise without support.
Contact Jayne Fanning on jayne.fanning@ageukrichmond.org.uk or call 02085389254.

SPARK WELLBEING COURSE
Spark is a seven-week wellbeing course that aims to spark joy, connection and creativity in your life. Through weekly themes, selected readings and a choice of activities you'll discover (and often re-ignite) the things that bring you delight. The course is hand delivered to your door in a box and supported with a weekly group telephone conference call (optional but good fun!).
Contact Marie – Therese Keegan on mt.keegan@ageukrichmond.org.uk or call 020 8744 1965.

CREATIVE ACTIVITIES

Other creative opportunities such as diary club, writing challenges, art journaling, letter-writing salon.  We have so many ideas for you! Diaries and inspiration will be provided. .
Contact Marie – Therese Keegan on mt.keegan@ageukrichmond.org.uk or call 020 8744 1965.

WRITING CHALLENGES
Our invitation to you is to take pen to paper (or fingers to keyboard) and respond to our prompts for creative and expressive writing.
Contact Marie – Therese Keegan on mt.keegan@ageukrichmond.org.uk or call 020 8744 1965.

ONLINE EXERCISE CLASSES

Please note that there will be a charge of £4 per class, payable via Eventbrite (links below) for a month at a time.

Activity Day/Time Zoom Link
Tai Chi with Robin Tuesdays at 11am to 12pm Zoom link:https://us06web.zoom.us/j/84578258128?pwd=dWkwWTYzMG5Zdlhpa3FRcTZvdHNQZz09Meeting ID: 845 7825 8128Passcode: 335465
Zumba Gold with Tara Thursdays at 10am to 11am Zoom link:https://us06web.zoom.us/j/87676953559?pwd=QlFqNk5mTmY2S01oUUV6U2ZNdXREQT09Meeting ID: 876 7695 3559Passcode: 496829

ON DEMAND VIDEOS

Activity Type
Description Access by clicking the picture
Fit for men with Stephen Exercise Stephen's sessions are practical, effective and safe to do at home. Follow his 10 minute exercise routines. Fit for Men - Stephen
Walking Football with Ash Exercise Try our taster session and keep moving. This is a quick but effective 8 minute session, you will need to use a sturdy chair.
Man with a Pan with Mary Cooking Take a break from exercise and engage in cooking a delicious healthy meal with Mary.
Ukulele sing-a-long with Tara Music Join Tara during Ukulele sing-a-long sessions.
Zumba Gold with Catherine
Exercise, Dance Join Catherine with energetic Zumba Gold exercise sessions.
Tai Chi with Andi Exercise Tai Chi is a martial art from 13th-century China. Tai Chi is now practised around the world as a health-promoting exercise, it reduces stress, improves posture, balance and general mobility and increases muscle strength in the legs.
Seated Strength with Victoria  Exercise Join Victoria in a series of seated strength exercise classes for a total body workout using a chair.
Low Impact Aerobic Exercise with Bryan Exercise Bryan takes you through a 20 minute exercise routine, starting with a warm up and mobilisation and then slowly building to a cardio workout by increasing your heart rate and moving around in simple movement patterns. Everyone can work at their own level.

 

Connect to Tech

Our Connect to Tech Service is designed to promote IT independence in later life. We can help you get online and connected if you are new to the world of computers, or help you develop your existing skills. There are many benefits to being online!

For more information about help with computers, tablets or smart phones please email connectottech@ageukrichmond.org.uk or call 020 8744 1965.

Visit our Connect to Tech page here.

Community Connections

Would you like to join in with activities in your community and meet new people, but need some support to take that first leap? 

Our new Community Connections Service can help. This service, for older residents in the borough of Richmond, has been set up to support people who want to join a social centre, local club or activity for retired people but who don’t want to go alone. You may have lost confidence during the lockdowns or following an illness, or you may be new to the area and prefer to try unfamiliar places with a companion.

For a period of 6 weeks, a friendly Community Connections Volunteer will be at hand to help in a variety of ways, including making 4 journeys together, either walking or on local buses. Our Volunteer can help you:   

Discovering activities & hobbies; Your Volunteer will offer support and encouragement to help you connect with activities and hobbies you like, by providing information on groups & activities that are available in the local area. 

Confidence in meeting new people and reconnecting with the community; Your Volunteer can meet you in a local cafe or somewhere else in the community to build confidence with meeting new people and connecting with the community. Volunteers can accompany you to a group or activity for the first time too. 

Connecting with others online/ virtually; Your Volunteer can refer you to our free Digital Skills Connect to Tech Service to help you try online social activities, even if you have never done this before.  We have tablet/computers with built-in cameras that we can lend for a period of time, alongside lessons from one of our technology volunteers who can teach how to use the device. Our tablets are mobile enabled so do not need any home broadband connection to use them.  

 Who is the service for?  

 This free of charge service is for Richmond upon Thames residents who are over 60 years and: 

- Have little or no social contact with others and feel lonely or isolated   

- Would like support to meet new people, connect with others and expand their social circle  

- Can walk or use public transport without any physical support needed from a volunteer. Please note this is not a carer or transport service

To access this free service please contact our Wellbeing Services team on 020 8744 1965 or email wellbeing@ageukrichmond.org.uk