6 Senior-Friendly Activity Groups in Swansea

This list includes some of the best age-friendly activity groups and events that Swansea has to offer. From pool to Tai Chi, Fitness to Choirs. There's something for everyone!

1. Home Instead Memory Cafes

As of March 1st 2023, Home Instead have started up their very own ‘Memory Café’s for the elderly in the Swansea community. Hosted from St. Barnabus Church in Waurnarlydd between 11am and 1pm. These fortnightly sessions will welcome individuals living with Dementia, as well as their carers, to enjoy a variety of specifically adapted fun activities from guest activity coordinators. Activities booked so far include, soft sports with Rise, Tai Chi, One Heart Drummers, Singing for the Brain, Lavender Bath Salts Making and Memory Collages. Group members can also enjoy a social cuppa and some light refreshments following each activity, all completely free. Everyone is welcome, and there’s no need to book. The venue has its own large and free car park, and has wheelchair access and disabled toilets.


2. Community Together

Community Together is a fantastic initiative brought to you by Swansea Council and Caredig. The project aims to link volunteers and local businesses to create fun local events and social groups where everyone is welcome. The variety of activities they organise is huge, and they really do have something for everyone. Groups include, Pool Club at Rileys, Art Classes, Singing Groups, King Pins at Ten Pin Bowling, and even a monthly fishing meet-up. The cost of admission varies dependant on the activity, some are free, but for some groups you may have to pay a discounted activity fee. You may need to book sessions.


3. Action for Elders

Action for Elders mission is to ‘add life to later life’ and they do this be hosting a fantastic range of age-friendly social groups across Swansea. Sessions include ‘Winter Warmer Film and Soup’, ‘LGBTQIA+ Cuppa and Chat’, ‘Social Walk and Cuppa’ and a ‘Cuppa and Chat’ group, and they have proved hugely popular with their last social walk welcoming near 100 members. The groups often enjoy meeting up at The Swigg following sessions, to enjoy some hot drinks and cakes, and sometimes they are even serenaded by a local musician while they tuck in to their discounted refreshments. Action for Elders are always welcoming new members, and often there is no need to book, just check out their website on where to meet-up with them.


4. Forget Me Not Clubs

Forget Me Not groups are a volunteer run initiative which welcomes those living with Dementia, along with their carers, to a variety on venues across Swansea to enjoy a range of activities and companionship. The sessions are 2-hours each, and there are currently 7 groups running Monday to Friday in Gorseinon, Killey, Llangyfelach, Sketty and West Cross. Members can expect activities such as board games, art classes, film clubs, all of which are delivered to members with complementary hot drinks and biscuits. Forget Me Not clubs are always happy to welcome new members to their group, so if you are interested, you should check out their website for dates and times of the clubs.

Website: https://www.forgetmenotclubs.com/

5. Sport & Health Swansea

Courtesy of Swansea Council, the Sports and Health initiative offers a plethora of physical activity groups for children, all the way up to older adults. Age-friendly activities include Nordic Walking, Tai Chi, Low Impact Fitness, and Pilates. Sessions take place in community halls across Swansea,  and in the summer months they are often brought outside into some of Swansea best parks. Some of the classes on offer are free, and some charge a small fee to attend. You are required to book your place, and they have been known to fill up, so check out their website and make sure you get your place while there is one left!


6. Musical Memories Choir

Founded in 2014, Musical Memories Choir was formed with the mission to enable people living with dementia, and their carers, to come together and enjoy both the physical benefits of singing, and the mental benefits from meeting-up and spending time with others living through similar experiences. During the class, you can expect to enjoy a range of classic sing-along songs dating back decades, led by the fabulous Helen and Ros, and their trusty keyboard. Wether you want to sit back and listen with your cuppa and cake, or get involved and sing-along, it’s a lovely way to spend an afternoon. The leading ladies often put on a short musical quiz also, where attendees often enjoy reminiscing times gone by, and have a good laugh together.