As we get older our lives change as do our health risks and needs. Healthy ageing is about continuing to do the things we enjoy for as long as possible.
There a number of ways in which we can prepare for and manage these changes to ensure that we are able to continue living health and happy lives.
Kingston's voluntary and Community sector provides a wide range of opportunities to access information, advice and activities for our residents and those who work in the borough.
Local Support Services
Staywell is an independent, award-winning charity providing a range of services for people in south-west London and Surrey. It offers a range of services and projects, both centre-based and in the community, designed to support people's independence and help them stay well. These include supporting you at home, social centres, information advice and advocacy, Dementia Support and Kingston Community Furniture.
Staywell works in ways that are person-centred, so that when someone first contacts the charity, a whole array of services is made easily accessible.
Visit: Staywell Head Office & Raleigh House Day Centre 14 Nelson Road, New Malden KT3 5EA
Call: Tel: (020) 8942 8256
The Kingston Dementia Action Alliance is made up of organisations across Kingston upon Thames, working together to radically improve the lives of people living with dementia and their carers. There are 35 organisations signed up to the Alliance offering a wide range of support services - from dementia friendly shops and places to go to advice and services.
Visit: Kingston Dementia Action Alliance - for information and details of partners.
The Reading Well Scheme - Books on Prescription
You can read a book, in your own time, at your pace, to help you understand and manage your health and wellbeing. The Reading Well scheme has compiled a reading list of books that give step-by-step self-help techniques. These help you manage common conditions including anxiety, stress, sleep problems, phobias and depression. The books have been recommended by experts. They have been tried and tested and found to be useful.
For information about the service in Kingston, contact Fiona Allison for more information
Call: Kingston Library 020 8547 6400 to
EEP – Elders Empowerment Programme – Thursday Drop in
Join this group for at their Thursday Drop In from 10am - 1pm every Thursday. Entertaiment, keep fit, information and lunch. Limited free parking will be available at the venue. Others must use street parking. In order that we may plan for snacks and refreshments appropriately, if you plan to attend, we kindly ask you to confirm your participation by calling (Tel) 020 8546 1560 or email: email@example.com
Venue: Shiraz Mirza community hall, 76A Coombe Road, Norbiton, Kingston Upon Thames, KT2 7AZ.
Milaap is a membership service offering Information and advice, freshly prepared meals daily. Its activities include Bingo, Bollywood Dancing, Card Games and English Classes. Knitting/Crochet, Meetings, Social Activities, Special Events (such as outings to various interesting places), Talks (on a variety of topics) and Yoga. Plus there is a transport services and befriending
Address: Murray House, Acre Road, Kingston upon Thames, Greater London KT2 6EE, UK
Call: 020 8547 2887
University of the Third Age Kingston (U3A) – learning and leisure opportunities for older people.
U3A has an extensive range of groups you can join, covering everything from literature through arts, music, walks, discussions, dancing and table tennis to games, languages and science. There are regular monthly meetings with an interesting talk, introductory get-together for new members and a chance to meet people and make new friends. U3A is a membership organisation - £13 for single membership and £20 for a couple p.a..
Call: Membership Secretary Jane Hoyland on 020 3899 0163 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The Council's site has a large section of self care activities to improve your health, wellbeing and overall wellness. The link above is to the RBK Self Care Calendar of local events and activites including - Healthy Eating, Alcohol Awareness, Healthy Ageing, Sexual Health, Winter wellness, Smoking Cessation, Workplace Health, Learning and Volunteering, Children and Families, Carer Wellbeing, Mental Wellbeing, Physlical Activity.
You can find additional information on local health and care services by visiting Kingston Digital Health directories section of this site..
Whatever your age, one of the good things about getting older is having more time to do some of the things you always wanted to do. Bring you life skills and experience to a new 'career start' as a volunteer for one of Kingston's charity and community groups. There are opportunities to volunteer in every aspect of life from;
- helping out as a football coach
- supporting a charity shop manage its stock or sell its goods on the high street
- training up a volunteer counsellor
- teaching childrenor adults to read
- campaigning for change.......
Volunteering is a great way to bring a new vitality and challenge into your life with a chance to get in touch with those aspirations from long ago.
Contact: Go Kingston Volunteering to find out opportunities open to you
Call: 020 8255 8685
Find National Support
Free advice and befriending services for older people and their families provided by Royal United Kingdom Beneficent Association. Founded over 150 years ago, it is an established voice for older people and their families and carers, offering free advice and information and providing services, such as befriending, to promote wellbeing and reduce loneliness.
A free advice line for older people and those who care for them, offering personal, confidential advice on issues that impact on wellbeing such as welfare benefits, social care and staying socially connected. It also provides a range of factsheets and publications, including our free Wise Guides for older people, which are packed with information and tips on money, care, staying socially connected and more.
It also offers face-to-face and telephone befriending services supported by our network of volunteers who provide company, friendship and a sense of security to those they call or visit.
Call: 0800 319 6789.
The Silver Line is the only free and confidential 24 hour helpline for older people across the UK, open every day and night of the year, offering telephone friendship, information and advice.
Call: The Helpline 0800 4 70 80 90.