The Ageing Well project promotes healthy lifestyles for older adults in Edinburgh who are inactive. This project is a partnership with NHS Lothian, Edinburgh Leisure and Pilmeny Development Project and is part of the UK Ageing Well network, which aims to increase the expectation of good health in later life.
Ageing Well Edinburgh has over 15 successful years of making a significant difference to the lives of those who regularly attend our activities. The emphasis is on meeting new people and making physical activity accessible and enjoyable.
Each week this multi-award winning project helps over 400 older people in Edinburgh stay active and healthy. Sessions take place in community venues throughout the city and are led by trained Ageing Well volunteers (who are older adults themselves).
Something for Everyone
Activities have been developed to cater for a wide range of tastes and abilities. Our current programme includes health walks, COPD health walks, dancing, chair-based exercise, singing, a swim buddy programme, cycling skills and Velo-city freebike loan, a photography group, an allotment project and indoor new age kurling. There’s a lot to choose from:
If you have ever wanted to increase your confidence in water, then our volunteers will meet you at the pool and join you in the water to help guide you. For more information click here
Our singing group sessions are led by an experienced volunteer leader. Come along each week and join in the fun. No singing experience necessary! For dates and times click here
Chair Based Yoga
When was the last time you tried something out for the first time? These exercises are aimed at improving strength and flexibility as well as mindfulness from both seated and standing positions, suitable for all abilities. For more information click here
Capture your imagination from flowers to animals, sunrise to sunsets, architecture to landscapes. Our volunteers will help you find the right subject and advise on editing and enhancing your images. A small digital camera is all you need. For more information Click Here
New Age Kurling
This is a form of the original curling game but instead of playing on ice, it has been adapted so the sport can be played indoors on any smooth, flat surface such as in a sports hall. A fun game for two people or more, suitable for all abilities and can be seated so no bending required. For more information Click Here
Come and enjoy the outdoors in the Ageing Well Allotment where you can grow fruit and vegetables in a social and supportive environment. No gardening experience necessary. For more information Click Here
Our qualified volunteer cycle leaders will help you to build your confidence and fitness to enjoy this great form of exercise and travel. Ageing Well can also provide bicycles and helmets. Please note that some previous cycling experience is necessary.
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A Warm Welcome
You can expect a warm welcome from Ageing Well volunteers, plenty of fun, laughs and exercise throughout each session, often with refreshments and a blether afterwards.
The cost of attending varies depending on the activity but we do our best to keep costs to a minimum so it's as easy as possible for people to take part. Often the Ageing Well activities carry a low £1 voluntary contribution or there's no cost to the participant.
Ageing Well Volunteers
Our Ageing Well sessions are led or supported by our friendly, trained volunteers who are all older adults and want to share their love of being active with others.
For more information about the programme or to find out about our flexible, varied and rewarding volunteer opportunities please click here.