As we get older, things can become more difficult. Whether it’s getting out as often, doing things around the house or staying active. If you or a loved one needs help to stay socially or physically active or needs help around the home, take a look at some of the organisations that might be able to help you in Dundee.
Alzheimer’s Scotland Dementia Resource Centre
Did you know that there is a Dementia Resource Centre in Dundee? It is open Monday – Saturday and has a range of activities to support people living with dementia and their carers. Activities include a lunch club, drop in café, cinema group, boogie session and more. All great opportunities to socialise and stay active. Find out more on their website.
A local charity that runs activities in the Maryland area of Dundee , they run a range of activities for older people. Their lunch club runs Monday – Friday every week and offers people a hot lunch and opportunity to socialise with friends and meet new people. In addition to the lunch club, there are a range of other activities like tea dances, exercise classes and a reminisce group. Find out more on their website.
Food Train Scotland
Food Train Scotland provides a range of services that help older people to stay in their own homes for as long as they wish. If you or your loved one struggles to do a food shop, take a look at their shopping delivery service where volunteers take people’s orders over the phone and then deliver the shopping to their house and unpack it. Providing an essential service and social contact over the phone and in person.
In Dundee, Food Train also operates its Extra service. This provides practical help and support around the house, volunteers help with a range of tasks from window cleaning to clear outs. Jobs cost from £3 depending on the size.
Find out more about the services they offer on their website and request a service using their online form.
HOPE – Helping Older People Engage
Hope is a local charity that can help to signpost you to relevant information and social acitivities that might be of interest to you or your loved one. They also run drop in sessions at The Beehive every Monday from 10am to noon and is open to anyone to pop in for a chat, cuppa and biscuit. Find out more about HOPE on their website.
Fancy some mealtime company? MealMakers matches older isolated people with a volunteer cook in their community and is run by the national charity Food Train Scotland. Diners and cooks arrange how often they'd like to meet, making friendships over a nutritious meal and helping to reduce isolation and loneliness. Find out more about the programme.
Men’s sheds are community spaces for men to connect, have conversations and create. They’re all about sharing skills and having fun and are typically for older men who are facing social isolation and loneliness (but younger men and women do also get involved). Activities can range from woodwork to metalwork to electronics to model building – whatever the Shedders choose to do! There are several in Dundee, explore the interactive map on the Scottish Men’s Shed Association website to find one near you.
Rediscover Dundee Cycling Programme
This programme is offered by Volunteer Dundee to people who are facing social isolation and experiencing barriers to taking part in physical activity. It’s a great opportunity to get active, meet new people and explore Dundee’s local greenspaces. Whether you’re a first time cycler or haven’t climbed on board a bike for a few years, it doesn’t matter! Find out more on their website.
A national charity that is dedicated to tackling isolation and loneliness among older people in the UK by providing free monthly tea parties for small groups of older people aged 75+. The tea parties are run by a network of over 12,000 volunteers and offer older people vital and regular friendship once a month.
Volunteers collect their guest from their home and take them to a volunteer hosts house where they enjoy a range of cakes, home bakes and, of course, a cup of tea (or coffee) with other diners and volunteers. There are a range of groups that happening on a monthly basis in the Dundee area.
Database of support organisations
Keep up to date with the services and activities on offer in Dundee by exploring the Discover Age Dundee database which has a full list of services and information for over 55’s living in the local area.
Have you used or do you have experience of one of the services? Perhaps a suggestion for a place we haven’t mentioned? Comment below and let us know to share ideas with the wider community!