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 Stirling.
Balloch Over 60’s Club
The Balloch Over 60’s Club is run in Balloch Village Hall in Barn Church Road on the first and third Wednesday of every month from 2pm – 4pm. Activities vary and can range from yoga to talks by a community police officer. There is an annual cost of £5 to join and each meeting costs an additional £1 to cover the cost of food and entertainment. Find out more on the Balloch Hall website.
If your loved one is feeling lonely or isolated, Befrienders Highland might be able to help. THey match volunteers with isolated people in the community, creating an opportunity for both to interact either face to face or at a distance, for example over the phone, by post or email. They also run group befriending activities, where people can come together and learn a range of new skills. Find out more on the Befrienders website.
Inverness Men’s Sheds
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!
In Inverness, the Men’s Shed runs on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday with different activities on each day. Based at 3 Gordon Terrace, in a small industrial building at the rear of the Redcliffe Hotel, the group are open to men in the local community. Drop in during their opening hours for a cup of coffee and a chat! Visit the Inverness Men's Shed website.
This is an online directory that is kept up to date by the Inverness Men’s Shed and provides information on local sports and activities that might be of interest to older people. From indoor bowling to yoga to tai chi, there’s a whole range of activities to explore. Find out more 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.
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.
Royal Voluntary Service
The Royal Voluntary Service run a range of activities in the local area for older people including social clubs and events which include dancing, crafts and gentle exercises to specialist interests as well as the opportunity to catch up with friends. Find out more about their services and details of who to contact on their website.
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!