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Leisure and social activities

Activities which encourage independence in the community can greatly benefit the health and well being of people with care needs.

There’s a lot going on in every community that anybody can join depending upon your particular interests. If you don’t know what is happening locally well aware is a good place to look. Sometimes people worry about going along to something new for the first time but groups are usually very welcoming of new members.

If you have a social care assessment we might discuss with you how to meet your social needs. Where possible we might discuss joining an activity that is of interest to you within your community. Alternatively there are a number of day services run both by the council and by partner organisations that offer arrange of activities and support either within an accessible building or within the community with skilled staff able to meet individual needs. There are a variety of day services able to meet the specific needs of people with physical disabilities, dementia, more complex learning difficulties and older people.

Everybody has something that they can offer back to their community. Volunteering is a great way for people to have social interaction with other people, retain skills and gain new ones. Your local volunteering centre should be able to help you find the right opportunity for you. Even if you are unable to leave your home there are still plenty of opportunities to volunteer.

Active for life 60+

Active for Life 60+ – A very wide range of fitness activities organised through the leisure centres at Thornbury, Yate, Kingswood and Longwell Green.

Stroke café

Stroke Café – support, conversation and informal get-togethers for people who have suffered a stroke and their carers.

Stroke survivors conversation groups

Many people who are recovering from a stroke feel isolated and frustrated that their speech has been affected and they are unable to communicate as they used to. Our community based conversation groups help people regain their confidence in using their speech in everyday social situations. We meet once a week, in Thornbury, Yate and Kingswood in small groups, to talk about a wide range of topics from current affairs, the latest “gossip”, to group members’ interests.

As a social group members are able to share experiences at their own pace, in a supportive environment while making new friends and having fun.

Dementia café and singing for the brain

The monthly dementia cafés are a great opportunity to meet other people living with dementia and their carers, to socialise with other people who can understand your current situation, where you can get advice, guidance and information as well as an opportunity to speak with professionals in a more relaxed environment. The weekly singing for the brain sessions run by the Alzheimer’s society are proving very popular. Please contact Alzheimer’s Society on 0117 9610 693 or SouthGloucestershire@alzheimers.org.uk for more information.

Friendship and Activities Club

Little Stoke Friendship and Activities Club runs on Monday mornings in 10 week blocks with a two week break. Activities include table tennis, bowls, gentle chair exercises amongst others. For more information contact Alzheimer’s Society on 0117 9610693 or email SouthGloucestershire@alzheimers.org.uk

Dementia Sports and Social Club

Meeting each week in Bradley Stoke this ground encourages people living with dementia, often together with a friend or family member to participate in a range of social and leisure activities in a supportive and safe environment.

U3A (university of the third age)

U3A is a nationwide social and educational organisation aimed at those over 55 who want to keep active both mentally and physically. Local groups in ThornburyYate and Chipping Sodbury offer a wide range of activities.

Golden oldies

The weekly golden oldies singing sessions are very popular and offer a fund and uplifting time each week www.golden-oldies.org.uk

Choices 4 U

Choices 4 U  – a team which supports adults with learning difficulties to access community and leisure opportunities that promote independence and control. They use the facilities at Kingswood and Yate Leisure Centre.  Some activities take place in the gym, swimming pool and sports hall, while other activities take place elsewhere.

 Leisure activities for adults with learning difficulties  (LAAD)

Examples include

  • Tennis sessions run by Almondsbury Tennis Club
  • Football run by Bristol Rovers Ability Football Club
  • Cricket run in partnership with Gloucestershire Cricket Board and Frenchay Cricket Club
  • Athletics run with Filton Club and Bristol and West Athletics Club Download a What’s On guide to Leisure Activities for adults with learning difficulties Download the Registration Form for information about Leisure Activities for Adults with Learning Difficulties in South Gloucestershire

SWISH

Every Tuesday (shuts throughout August)

The SWISH club is a social club for people with intellectual disabilities. Different activities are run on each week including arts and crafts, games and sports, cooking, television nights, discos to name some of the activities.

Age: 25+

Cost: £5 per session

Time: 19.00 – 21.00 hours

Venue: Grimsbury Farm near Baden Road, Kingswood, Bristol BS15 9SE

To join contact: Jo Kenson 0784 7059584

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