Labels like old, elderly, senior citizen, and worst still old age pensioner have no place in today’s society. The truth is that we all have the right to live a full, active and dignified life regardless of our age. As we grow older, it’s all too easy to assume that there are fewer activities available to us and that we should ignore any desire to learn new skills and meet different people. Thankfully, this is not the case in Brighton and Hove. Our city is home to a range of groups, clubs, and charities that offer a wide breadth of activities and meet-ups to ensure you never have a dull moment. We decided to help you discover your new favourite pass time or friendship group by providing an overview of some of these fantastic groups.
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Sport and Exercise for Older People in Brighton & Hove
Brighton Badminton Club run an over 50s group that welcomes those over 60 too. With mixed ability and the emphasis on having fun, this is a great way of keeping active, especially in the winter months.
For more information contact Nicky Holness on 01273 553324.
Table Tennis – Social Ping!
There are a number of Social Ping! table tennis sessions organised in sheltered housing schemes across Brighton for those aged 65 and above. Table tennis is great for keeping active and these sessions really focus on the sociable aspect.
For more information on Social Ping! call the Active for Team on 01273 292729.
Tai Chi – 50+ Tai Chi Group in East Brighton
Learn something new with Tai Chi classes, where you get to reap the benefits of this therapeutic exercise and meet new people. The East Brighton class won an Active for Life Participation Award from Brighton & Hove City Council in 2012. There is a Whitehawk class at Walter May and one in Kemptown at Evelyn Glennie Court on Somerset Street. Both classes are followed by tea and cake.
For more information contact Ghislaine Picchio on 01273 679 514.
Football where running and jogging is penalised! Well, that sounds more like it. Designed to allow the twinkle-toed among us to still shine but without the exertion on the joints, walking football is the ideal form of the beautiful game for those over fifty. Matches are played at Moulsecoomb Leisure Centre in Brighton.
For more information contact Louise Gillam on 01273 622266 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The gentle exercise and relaxation offered by yoga makes it a great activity for any age, improving both mental and physical well-being. Yoga helps improves balance and mobility, and can also help reduce pain. The Tarner Yoga Group runs a drop in yoga class at The Phoenix Centre in Brighton. The club’s motto is “you are never too old for yoga!”
Classes run every Thursday from 6.30 to 8.00pm at The Phoenix Centre. For more information call 01273 621 794.
Social Activities for Older People in Brighton & Hove
CAMEO in Hove
For over 30 years, CAMEO (Come And Meet Each Other) has been arranging meet-ups and interesting events ranging from quizzes to guest speakers for the over 50s. Head along on a Thursday morning to socialise before the main event kicks off.
CAMEO takes place at the Bishop Hannington Church Centre on Neville Avenue in Hove. For more information call 01273 732965.
Older and Out
A friendly and informal get together for older LGBTQI people held at the Somerset Day Centre in Kemptown. The group has a real community feel and aims to ensure that older LGBT people are treated with understanding and dignity. All meetings include a delicious and hearty lunch.
The Somerset Day Centre is located at 62 St James’s Street next to St Mary’s Church in Kemptown. For more information on Older and Out call 01273 699000 or email email@example.com
Ralli Hall Lunch and Social Club
Open to all older people, this Jewish social club is a great place to socialise over food and enjoy activities like tai chi, bingo and bridge.
Ralli Hall is at 81 Denmark Villas in Hove. For more information contact Jackie Tichauer on 01273 739999 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Walk and Talk Meet-up
What better way to take in fresh air, exercise and experience some of the finest countryside West Sussex has to offer than at the Brighton and Worthing Walk and Talk MeetUp. Taking place during weekdays, the social walks last 2.5 hours and take place on the edge of Brighton or Worthing. There are lifts to walks from Worthing and Brighton, or collection available from a nearby station.
For more information visit the link above and contact Kate.
Learning Opportunities for Older People in Brighton & Hove
Computer Drop In
Organised by Age UK, this IT drop-in at Seven Dials allows you to offer you the support you need when it comes to the Internet and digital technology. Well-trained volunteers are on hand to take you through everything from researching family history online to using a smartphone.
For more information contact Age UK Brighton and Hove on 01273 720603 or email email@example.com.
Lifelines organises activities that are open to everyone over 50 and are based at Patching Lodge and around East Brighton. If you fancy having some fun with Nintendo Wii games or pursuing the more cerebral challenges of chess then this is for you. The varied programme of fantastic events include creative writing, dance tuition, meditation, and language classes. They also run support groups lead by a counsellor to help those coming to terms with loss.
Patching Lodge is located on the corner of Eastern Road and Freshfield Road, opposite the Gala Bingo Hall. For more information contact LifeLines on 01273 688117.
University of 3rd Age
The U3A is committed to furthering knowledge through sharing experiences and your talents – a learning co-operative, share your knowledge, experience and talents with others and learn from them in friendly surroundings. There are a wide range of events and activities ranging from European architecture to barn dancing, from wine appreciation to French conversation. There are also away days and trips to various events and attractions.
For more information email Carolyne McKinlay at firstname.lastname@example.org
Radio for Older People in Brighton & Hove
Grey Matters Production
Set up by the Brighton & Hove Older People’s Council, Grey Matters Productions make a radio show with programmes of interest to older people in the community. It is broadcast on RadioReverb (97.2 VHF/FM in Brighton and Hove and at www.radioreverb.com). So if you’ve ever fancied yourself as a Jeremy Paxman or a Jenni Murray then there are roles as interviewers and presenters. If the technical side interests you then you can busy yourself behind the scenes learning to operate the various pieces of equipment or editing the shows. There are training courses covering all the essentials too. And remember as well as being involved and active yourself, you are also providing a valuable service to your listeners. Grey Matters is always on the look out for new members.
For more information contact Harry Steer on 01273 419723 or email him at Hrry371@aol.com.
Singing for Older People in Brighton & Hove
Sing For Better Health
These relaxed and friendly singing groups will help improve your wellbeing. We have also been assured that no singing ability is required. Complete breathing exercises and sing songs together with new friends in a relaxed atmosphere.
For more information contact group leader Udita Everett on 01273556755, or visit the websitewww.singforbetterhealth.co.uk.
Support Groups for Older People in Brighton & Hove
MacMillan Brighton Buddies
If you have been affected by cancer then the MacMillan Buddy scheme pairs you with someone who will visit you at home and can help out with everything from simply having a chat to offering you help around the home.
For more information on getting a Buddy, or becoming a volunteer Buddy, call Michaela Rossmann at Macmillan in Brighton on 07971 007 182 or email DVSBrighton@macmillan.org.uk.
Key Events for Older People in Brighton & Hove
Old Peoples Day – October 1st
Every year, Old Peoples Day sees a whole host of special events take place across the city. It is a celebration of the contribution older people make to society.
Useful Organisations for Older People in Brighton & Hove
Active for Life
Open to all in Brighton and Hove who want to get more active. They can provide advice as well as offering a comprehensive database of clubs and groups across the city.
Offering a wide range of services across Brighton and Hove to improve later life for everyone.
Offering support for those affected by Alzheimer’s and dementia.
Brighton & Hove Older People’s Council
Members of the council ensure that older people are acknowledged, valued and their needs recognised. They actively listen to you and act on your concerns.
Providing free impartial advice for older people
Impact Initiatives share details of centres and activities for the over 50s to help improve wellbeing and learn new skills.
A helpline for older people – if you feel like a chat or require advice in any area then call 0800 4708090.
Burt, Brill & Cardens Solicitors
We hope you have found this guide to older people activities and groups in Brighton useful. If you are interested about finding out about any legal aspect of planning for your future then we can help. We specialise in helping older people put into place everything that they want for the future.
This can be anything from making a Will to discussing what can be included in a Lasting Power of Attorney to safeguard your finances. We take the time to meet you face to face, listen carefully and explain everything in detail with no jargon or pressure. Call us today for more information on 01273 604 123 or visit our main website section for older people.