How our Older Adults programme is making a difference

Our Older Adults programme is helping the community to get healthy, active and socialising together

Since 1844, Central YMCA has been dedicated to improving health and wellbeing across our community.

We’re proud that our Older Adults programme, which has been running for over two decades, offers people over the age of 60 the opportunity to improve their physical and mental health while combatting feelings of isolation or loneliness.

Our programme includes 19 functional movement classes which run on a weekly basis at the Club. These sessions vary from Zumba to Yoga and from Tai Chi to Latin Dance, with all being specifically designed to help you maintain independent living.

On top of this we offer weekly social tea and brunch sessions to enable our members to catch up and broaden their friendship circles – as well as the option of regular subsidised day and weekend trips away.

“I think it’s really important, especially in the later stages in life, that people are still building new friendships and connecting.”
Declan Duncan, Community Programmes Manager

YMCA Club now has over 800 members over the age of 60 – more than double the number ten years ago – with the Older Adults programme providing an ideal space to improve your wellbeing and forge meaningful friendships in the process.

Declan Duncan, Community Programmes Manager at YMCA Club, said: “Members often initially join to use the pool or the gym, but they are also able to meet new people and crucially learn new ways to improve their health and wellbeing. Since I started in this role ten years ago, it’s been gratifying to see new friendships being forged and members’ confidence improving through our social events.

“I think it’s really important, especially in the later stages in life, that people are still building new friendships and connecting. That’s why I’m so proud that this programme is able to bring together the mind, body and spirit which encompasses YMCA Club and the charity as a whole.” 

Our members can also broaden their cultural and intellectual horizons by taking part in weekends away (recent destinations include Hayling Island), or joining one of our free, informative history walks through the City of London.

The Older Adults Programme is grateful to receive fantastic support in the form of 27 regular volunteers, some of whom have been working with us for over 20 years! We are also very proud to work closely with a number of partners, including Trekstock Young People’s Cancer survivors’ charity and the Birbeck Project Gym Mental Health project, without whose continued support we wouldn’t be able to maintain our amazing recent success.