Freedom and support for older people to do fun things

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MYsocial, run by Age UK Lambeth, an independent local charity that has been supporting older people for more than 70 years, is back for the autumn, covering six neighbourhoods including Brixton.

The scheme, which runs more than 60 events a month, helps people to discover friendships and connect with their community. The aim is to help older people to live independent lives.

Each event is hosted to ensure everyone is welcomed and feels supported.

Many of the Brixton events take place at the Vida Walsh centre off Windrush square. Activities include yoga, ballroom dancing, computer classes, multi-sport, Pilates, seated exercise, yak and yarn, and creative writing.

Fadha mysocial member
Fadha mysocial member

Fadha, who lives in Tulse Hill and has been a member of MYsocial for two years, said: “I want to feel like I’m not on my own, but I also want to be free to do what I want and I don’t need someone to hold my hand. MYsocial gives me the right balance of freedom and support to do fun things.

“Having the hosts are great as it means you don’t feel lost when you arrive and they are around if there are any issues later on.”

Cecily a mysocial host
Cecily volunteers as a mysocial host

Cecily, who also lives in Tulse Hill, volunteers as a host. “It is a really flexible role that I can fit around work. I really enjoy meeting people, making sure everyone knows each other and seeing everyone get along.

“The events are fun and enjoyable, it is rewarding and uplifting to do. This is such an important service and I enjoy being part of it.”

MYsocial is looking for hosts and befrienders. To find out more and how to get involved, www.ageuk.org.uk/lambeth

If you would like to join MYsocial visit mysocial.london or call 020 3143 5695.

To keep MYsocial affordable for the people that use it, Age UK Lambeth is asking the local people if they would consider making a donation or setting up a direct debit. More information at www.ageuk.org.uk/lambeth

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