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 Glasgow.
Home Visits & Lunch Club
Volunteer Glasgow runs a service for older people in the local community through their Home Visiting and Lunch Club services. Their home visits service can include visits to the home or activities outside of the home and aims to reduce isolation, build confidence and increase engagement. There is also a Lunch Club which runs on Tuesdays and Thursdays, a great opportunity to meet others, share a meal and chat. The service is available to people aged 60or over living in Drumchapel or Knightswood, find out more on the Volunteer Glasgow website.
You can also search for other lunch clubs in your area on Your Support, Your Way website.
This organisation matches volunteers with older people who are feeling isolated or lonely and runs a range of clubs in the local community. Befrienders visit people in their own homes and encourage a range of social activities in the local community. You can refer someone you know or refer yourself on their website.
In addition to befriending, there are a range of clubs all across Glasgow that aims to help end isolation and loneliness for older people. Explore their interactive map to find out what might be located near you.
Impact Arts runs a Craft Café every Tuesday to Thursday at the Elderpark Street Centre (G51 3SS). Older people can visit, enjoy a cup of tea of coffee and have a go at getting creative through a range of artistic activities like painting. All sessions are free and more information can be found out on their website.
Re-engage UK (formally Contact the Elderly)
This national charity 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 volunteers and offer older people vital and regular friendships once a month. There is a range of groups that meet once a month in Edinburgh and anyone can make a referral.
Volunteers collect their guests from their home and take them to a volunteer host's house where they enjoy a range of cakes, home bakes and, of course, a cup of tea (or coffee) with other diners and volunteers. What better way to spend a Sunday? Find out more.
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.
Sport & Physical Activity
Have you seen that Glasgow Life have a whole series of 50+classes designed for adults in their mid-forties to eighties, all sessions are designed to meet the levels of those that attend. Activities include health walks, walking football, badminton and table tennis. Explore what is in your local area.
If you or your loved one is a fan of netball but worried about fitness, speed or the rules then be sure to check out Walking Netball! These sessions are all about having fun and socialising, no matter what your age – an 80-year-old lady recently joined the group. Find out when sessions are on and more details on their website
Roar’s OTAGO Classes (Paisley)
Roar runs a range of club for older adults including the OTAGA classes which are designed to help people improve their strength and mobility with the aim of keeping people mobile. Classes last an hour or an hour and a half and cost £3. They also run a range of health and wellbeing classes in the local area, find out more about what’s on offer on their website.
Help around the house
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 Glasgow, 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.
Care & Repair Glasgow
If you or your loved one is needing adaptions around the home take a look at Care & Repair Glasgow who offers a range of practical services and advice to help people repair, improve or adapt their homes. Find out more about their services on their website.