Enhancing later life
Our goal is to help people face the future with confidence; but for older people, the world today can be a lonely place.
As the late MP Jo Cox said, "young or old, loneliness doesn’t discriminate… it is something many of us could easily help with." That's why, we have partnered with the Royal Voluntary Service (RVS), a national charity of 35,000 volunteers working to support over a million older people a year. Our aim: to provide older people across Britain, with an opportunity to try something new - growing their confidence and tackling issues of isolation and loneliness at the same time.
Our First Time for Everything events are running monthly in 11 RVS centres across the country and offer a wide range of classes; from art and crafts, painting and camera skills, to yoga and belly dancing! We're aiming to reach over 2,500 people aged 70+ via these free events; offering them the chance to stay active, engaged and connected to their community.
Earlier in the year, we went on the road with RVS to meet with and chat to a number of participants of the First Time For Everything events; to hear their stories and learn of how getting involved and staying active helped them combat feeling lonely and or isolated. To showcase these stories, and in support of the Jo Cox Commission on Loneliness, we produced a film that you can view on the RVS website.