Up the fun with some community games and fun activities in and around Barnsley, from dancing to Pilates and everything in between.
From social opportunities and relationship building, hitting up local games, easy sports and other fun activities in your area can be a fantastic way to help an elderly friend or family member get some exercise and mental stimulation – as well as getting out and having some fun, of course. There’s more to life than cups of tea, after all!
When more energetic games and activities like skating or five-a-side just aren’t practical during those golden years, don’t resign elders to sitting around waiting on the next cuppa or new TV show – there are still plenty of ways to play, no matter how old or ‘able’ you are.
Circle Dancing makes a great social activity for those who may be wanting to meet people in their community, as well as being a fun way to keep fit as you get older. Organised by local charity BIADS (Barnsley Independent Alzheimer’s And Dementia Support), this weekly class is sure to get you up and about! You can find BIADS at Joseph Exley House, just off Dodworth Road in Barnsley.
Speaking of the class and how they adapt it to those living with dementia, BIADS say that “it’s something we at BIADS are passionate about, it is a dance form practised throughout the world but here in Barnsley the steps have been especially adapted for people affected by dementia”.
The class is run by a referral scheme through BIADS’ Carer Support Service, so please speak to a BIADS support worker or call 01226 280057 to get involved!
Now who doesn’t love a good old coffee morning with friends? Taking place every Tuesday and Thursday from 10am to 12pm at Kirk View Community Centre, this get-together is surely too good to be missed!
A welcoming group, they would encourage you to just “pop in on your own or bring along a friend, a warm welcome awaits you!”. The centre has a car park as well as a ramp for disability access to the entrance.
Simply just call the organiser, Angela, on 07802 853 615 to find out a bit more about this coffee morning or any other activities she may be organising in Barnsley.
Mind, Body and Spirit is a studio in Barnsley that has been run by local lady, Michelle since 2005 to promote fitness and wellness in adults and elders through classes such as yoga, Pilates, falls prevention and more!
This particular class focuses on Pilates for over 65s at a small sum of £6 per class, taking place every Wednesday at 10:30am. Pilates is an especially beneficial exercise as we age, increasing strength and flexibility in both the core and the legs to positively affects balance. This, along with usual fitness and social benefits, can help reduce the risk of falls – making this class all the more better for the lovely people of Barnsley!
Contact the team at Mind, Body and Spirit to learn a bit more via their email, [email protected] or just call 07769 996 438.