Golden Years Programme

Golden Years, a fun, free/low cost activity programme for people aged 60+ in Camden. Membership is also free. Register to join now.

We run a variety of weekly and one-off activities that include: Singing, Art History, Café and Pub Visits, Day Trips, Walks, Book Club, Art, Intergenerational projects, Seated Exercise, IT Drop in, Yoga, Bingo, Theatre, Galleries,  annual holiday, Museum Trips and much much more.

We also offer a friendly telephone chat service for people. You can refer yourself by email or telephone.

Are you 60+ or know someone who is and feeling isolated and/or in need or telephone assistance? As part of the Golden Years Programme we also have a Community Assistance Programme that offers a friendly chat service for older people. We can send activity packs, craft materials or make referrals to other agencies when needed.

Interested in volunteering?

Please contact Jane on 020 7380 1501 or email goldenyears@spca.org.uk

Sitting outside a cafe with the Gold Years Programme

Activities

We are slowly re-introducing activities for people over 60 in our Golden Years program. Please see any upcoming activities below and contact Jane for the latest information at goldenyears@spca.org.uk

MONDAY 10.30am-11.30am Feldenkrais (SPCA)  

Improve your health with Feldenkrais which is suitable for anyone, but particularly for those in chronic  pain. It improves health and wellbeing by raising awareness of movements, breathing and posture. It  retrains the body to move in more efficient ways, breaking out of unhelpful movement patterns and  learning new ones.  

MONDAY 12pm-1.30pm Elevenses & Giving Voice Project – ladies only project (SPCA)

Join us for tea and cake and meet Pascal Theatre Group who are running a Giving Voice Project where  they are inviting women to share their stories for an online storybook. You will have a chat with the  theatre group, they will learn a little about you and then discuss a possible story to share. You are then  matched with a professional writer who you can collaborate with to produce a short text that is then  recorded by an actor and added to the storybook. Contact between you and the writer can be done by  phone, email or Zoom, whatever suits you best. You don’t have to use your real name.  

MONDAY 2pm-3pm Golden Years Singers (SPCA) 

It doesn’t matter if you can’t sing, or don’t think you can, come along and join anytime. Please book. 

TUESDAY 10.30am-12.30pm Walks Around Camden (Meet outside SPCA)

Have a gentle walk around the local area and end up at a café. Please book. 

TUESDAY 1pm-2pm Boccia (SPCA) 

Seated all-ability indoor bowls game where you have to hit the target or ‘jack ball.  

WEDNESDAY (23rd) 11am-1pm Monthly visit with tea and coffee (Calthorpe Community  Gardens, 258-274 Gray’s Inn Road, WC1X 8LH) 

A monthly visit with tea and cake and the option a seated gardening activity. Meet by the café in the  gardens. Please book. 

WEDNESDAY 11.30am-12.30pm Bingo £3 per game (SPCA) 

Win the stake money for each game, plus raffle. Please book. 

WEDNESDAY 1pm-2pm Book Club (SPCA) 

Friendly, book club & we have free copies. If you would like to listen to the discussion without reading,  you are welcome. Please book. 

WEDNESDAY 2.15pm-3.30pm Digital Inclusion Computer Club (SPCA)

Friendly drop in session where you can learn to send emails, do online shopping, use Zoom or Facebook.  You can come along as and when you like. Please book.  

WEDNESDAY (30th June) 10am-12pm (Garden at SPCA) 

Join the nursery children, their parents and SPCA staff for an intergenerational healthy breakfast and fun  activity. Only 8 places available, you won’t be able to join on the day, so please book.  

THURSDAY (10th & 17th) Day Trips 

Join us for a day out at a museum or gallery. Meeting place to be arranged. Limited places, please book.  

FRIDAY 11am-12pm Yoga (SPCA) 

Relaxing all-ability yoga session that can be done either sitting in a chair or on a yoga mat. Please book. 

FRIDAY 12pm-1pm Art History (On Zoom) 

Friendly session where no prior art knowledge is needed. You will learn about the artists and paintings you love. Different paintings are discussed each week so you can drop in as and when you like.

Become a Golden Years Member

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Volunteer with us

Golden Years Programme volunteer role description

Aim of the role

To be one of our valued Golden Years Volunteers who help us run fun weekly/ monthly/one-off activities for people aged 60+ living in Camden. Activities range from Café/pub socials, Singing, Yoga, Art History, daytrips, walk and visits to museums, galleries and theatre. You will make people feel welcome, have a chat and help out as needed. We also provide telephone support for older members.

Main contact

Jane Yeomans, Golden Years, Volunteer Coordinator

Start date

To be agreed.

Time commitment

Ideally, we would like you to commit to 1-2 hours per week for 3+ months but we also have opportunities for short-term, one-off events, day trips and annual holiday where times/days vary and will be agreed.

Location

Saint Pancras Community Association and other venues in Camden such as cafes, walks, day trips and home-based.

Main tasks

Tasks may vary. Not all tasks are expected and can be adapted to suit your interests and  needs

  • Facilitate groups/joint-run groups with activity leader
  • Welcome older people and provide support during activities
  • Help plan future activities and events and promote activities
  • Take registers for people attending events
  • Ensure SPCA’s policies on Covid-19, Safeguarding, Health and Safety are followed to ensure the health and safety of volunteers, older people and SPCA staff
  • Report any concerns/ issues to the Volunteer Coordinator
    Please note, personal care will not be carried out. All volunteers/ members/staff are expected to stay apart 2metre/1m+ (with face coverings), following Government guidelines.

Skills/Experience/Qualities

  • Be reliable, friendly and trustworthy
  • Good written and verbal communication with the ability to engage and communicate effectively with older people, other volunteers and SPCA staff.
  • Able to work as part of a team
  • Experience of using Word, Excel and Zoom would be an advantage but not essential.

What we can offer you

  • Training appropriate to volunteer role (e.g. Food Hygiene, Safeguarding
  • Ongoing support and supervision
  • Learn and develop new skills, build your confidence
  • Gain work experience and add to your CV
  • Meet new people and make new friends
  • Make a difference and give back to the community
  • Travel expenses / Food expenses (up to £5 if volunteering for more than 5 hours, on day drips or in social activities such as meals in cafes).

Additional information

You will be working with older adults so references and DBS checks are required.

Get in touch

If you are interested in volunteering with us, please contact Jane Yeomans, Golden Years Volunteer Coordinator, at goldenyears@spca.org.uk.

Alternatively you can;

Download the volunteer application form.

Volunteering with SPCA
Golden Years Members sitting outside a cafe