Hammersmith and Fulham
We have a very exciting programme of activities for the new term in Hammersmith & Fulham, with lots of our popular exercise classes such as Pilates and Ballroom dancing continuing as before. We are delighted to be bringing new Mindfulness and Relaxation sessions in four venues across the borough; this is a wonderful way to learn to relax and will teach valuable techniques to help improve sleep and help control anxiety and stress (including anxiety caused by health issues).
A new Awareness through Movement class will run on Wednesday afternoons at the Edward Woods Community Centre (2 – 3pm). This course will teach gentle movement sequences to re-educate our use of our body; it can help improve breathing and posture and ease chronic muscular tension. It can also improve the ability to get up from the floor – so valuable as we get older!
Our Steady & Stable classes will also continue on Mondays and Tuesdays and for anyone who has completed their 38 weeks allocation of the classes, there will be a new Step Up from Steady class running at White City Community Centre on Tuesdays , 12pm to 1pm. This class will help maintain the gains in muscle strength and balance.
Our Expressive Art class moves to a new day and venue: it will run on Wednesday afternoons (2.00 – 3.30pm) at White Community Centre. We are also starting a new Film Club in White City which will run at the Church of St Michael & St George on Thursday afternoon (11th January, 8 February and 8 March). See the full programme for details of these and all other activities!
If you have any questions, or have ideas for a class, call Vivienne on 078 24 48 49 84. Vivienne also offers a Link Up service which acts as a first step into participation in activities and groups of interest in the neighbourhood for anyone who would like support to meet new friends or get out of the house more.
We look forward to seeing you soon!
Leaving a Gift in Your Will
Open Age is raising awareness of leaving a gift to charity in your will. Legacies are an important way to support Open Age, as they help us to plan so that we can be there in the future for older people who need us. As well as providing for your family, friends and other loved ones in your will, please do consider the possibility of leaving a gift to Open Age.
New Reed Centre!
We are delighted to be working in partnership with Octavia to deliver activities for older people at The Reed, a vibrant new community hub. For more information click here.
Active Westminster Awards 2016
Open Age won 2 awards at the Active Westminster Awards held at Lord’s Cricket Ground. The first award, ‘Physical Activity, Health and Wellbeing Project’ was awarded to Open Age’s Steady and Stable programme. The second award, the most prestigious of all the awards, ‘Outstanding Contribution’ was awarded to Open Age for supporting those over 50 in Westminster into physical activity over the last 10 years.,
Open Age initiatives to combat loneliness features in the New York Times! Click here for the full article.
Campaign to End Loneliness
Open Age are delighted to be a case study in Promising Approaches to Reducing Loneliness and Isolation in Later Life developed by the Campaign to End Loneliness. (Please see page 30).