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Open Age promotes a positive approach to ageing by running a wide range of activities for our members, allowing them to remain mentally and physically active and engaged in their community. Founded in 1993, Open Age now hosts over 380 activities across Kensington and Chelsea, Westminster, and Hammersmith and Fulham, for people aged 50+. From creative classes to IT classes, special events for unpaid carers, and a fantastic range of physical activities, Open Age has something for everyone. In addition, Open Age runs an employment centre to help people aged 50+ find work. To ensure that everyone is able to access our services, Open Age runs special groups for the housebound, while our dedicated Link Up team reaches out to people who have become isolated and lack the confidence to attend classes or events alone.
With over 6000 members, Open Age is committed to reducing isolation by supporting and celebrating older people in London. Membership is free!
Around 300 activities are provided each week for older people including creative and performing arts, IT and computer, physical activity and sport, languages and cultural activities in our community activity centres / hubs for older people. Hubs include Second Half centre in St Charles Kensington, New Horizons in Chelsea, Queens Park / Harrow Road hub based in Beethoven Centre and Westbourne ward Hub based in Paddington Arts, as well as numerous community venues
‘Healthy Lungs’ is an exercise class designed for people with breathing conditions or difficulties. The classes include graded circuit training to help improve endurance and strength. This type of exercise will increase lung function and muscle strength, which will allow you to perform your daily living activities with less effort.
These classes are offered to Kensington and Chelsea residents and in order to take part a diagnosed lung condition is essential.
Open Age runs over 380 activities a week for anyone aged over 50 including Zumba, gentle seated exercise, Tai Chi, yoga (including women only classes), meditation, dance mix, group walking, walking football, singing, International cooking, Steady & Stable, Pilates, Board games, Drama & Theatre Club, Lunch Clubs, Phone groups (suits housebound), Art and creative classes, philosophy/discussion groups, Language groups, Table Tennis, Social groups, Bingo, Technology classes (Windows 10, smartphones, tablets), Trips around London and much more. Working with people who are isolated or at risk of isolation. The service will conduct home visits and work with people on a one-to-one basis identifying areas/activities of interest and barriers to accessing activities and work with the person to reduce/remove these barriers, including accompanying people to activities to build their confidence to attend alone. Onward referrals will also be made to other services. Transport is provided for those who are unable to use public transport. Various locations
**Referrals made via SystmOne MCMW** or directly to provider (outside of MCMW)
Learning activity for the hearing impaired aimed at helping them to manage their hearing loss and consequent diminishing confidence and ability to socialise and function normally within a hearing-orientated society.
A twice-weekly subsidised lunch group (members pay £4.50 towards the cost of the lunch). The lunch is prepared off-site by a local restaurant and delivered to two Open Age venues. Once a month the group have lunch in a local restaurant. Transport is provided for those who are unable to get to the sites on public transport. It is an opportunity for people to socialise and receive a low cost healthy two course meal.
Men's only activities covering digital photography, football, gym, reminiscence, social groups, games, trips, lunches, gardening
**Referrals made via SystmOne MCMW** or directly to provider
Open Age runs weekly phone groups for people who are housebound. Creative writing, social groups and book groups are held over the phone and free of charge to participants. All people referred will also be visited at home by the phone group coordinator.
An evidenced based falls prevention exercise programme aimed at improving balance and muscle strength to reduce falls. Health talks related to falls are delivered on a monthly basis. The programme also identifies other organisations who work with the older adult and offers staff members training to deliver Steady and Stable exercise classes. All classes are delivered by qualified instructors.