Learning Network

  • Free or low-cost community-based training and learning opportunities to bpha residents
  • One-to-one support to all participants, encouraging progress from basic courses to more advanced or accredited training that can improve quality of life and provide a greater sense of independence
  • Courses have included Art Group, IT training, Literacy and Numeracy, English for Speakers of other Languages, DIY, Sewing, Gardening, Healthy Cooking, Helping you Manage your Finances and Way to Work

Fit@Sixty / Line Dancing

  • A popular chair-based exercise and line dancing class enjoyed by many bpha residents for a small contribution fee towards the cost of the course
  • Qualified instructors lead the chair-based exercise classes. The gentle exercises improve mobility, which reduces the risk of falls. The qualified instructors can also adapt the exercises to suit the various needs and abilities of different participants
  • A qualified instructor leads the Line Dancing class. Line dancing is a great way to make friends and improve wellbeing. The activity also improves flexibility and balance and helps prevent the risk of falls
  • Afternoon Games are also on offer from bpha’s trained volunteers and have included ten-pin bowling, carpet bowls and many others
  • A great way to have fun, keep fit and make new friends! Find our more information about Line Dancing

Silver Surfers

  • These popular clubs support people over the age of 50 with access to technology, focusing on email and the Internet
  • Silver Surfer clubs are run by fully trained volunteers who have the support of bpha’s IT department

Silver Surfers Computer Clubs

  • Please contact our Community Development team on 0330 100 0272 for further information.

Garden Clearance Service

  • A volunteer service providing garden clearance assistance to vulnerable bpha residents
  • The team has also designed and created low-maintenance gardens that are easier for vulnerable residents to continue to enjoy cultivating in the long term

Volunteering programme

  • It is important to bpha that volunteers enjoy their time spent volunteering, and bpha is committed to the continuing development of volunteers
  • Volunteers can get involved in the schemes above with full training provided – so they have the skills they need to carry out their volunteering role
  • Networking meetings and lunches are organised for volunteers where they can share their ideas and experiences with each other and with bpha
  • All bpha volunteers are invited to an annual ‘thank you’ event recognising the contributions of volunteers. The event includes an awards ceremony and a programme of entertainment with refreshments provided