Gateshead Older Person’s Association is offering free taster sessions for those aged 50 and above. Included amongst the opportunities are physical activities, social activities and more.

Tai Chi:
Classes for Tai Chi will kick off on 7th February and will be held weekly on Tuesdays between 3:30pm – 4:30pm, free to attend all the way through to 4th March. For more info, please call Dave on 07909 715202.

A free programme of sessions for those who’d like to give boxing a go through trianing sessions that take place every Tuesday and Thursday (between 12:30pm – 1:30pm) will kick off on 24th January and is free to attend right up until 2nd March. For more information on this, please ring 0191 469 0852 or email [email protected].

Learn to play instruments:
Never Too Old To Rock is a group that meets weekly between 5:30pm – 7:30pm at Gateshead OPA (Deckham). To learn to play guitar, drums or bass free of charge, contact Craig on 0191 438 1721.

Home workouts:
Free low-impact workouts can be accessed from the comfort of your own home through Zoom with free Active at Home classes every Friday between 9:30am – 10:15am. To register, please email [email protected].

Cinema tickets:
Each month Gateshead OPA will be offering free tickets to a film at Vue Trinity Square in Gateshead. Tickets are available on a first come first served basis and can be obtained from the Gateshead OPA base in Deckham.

Line dancing:
Free beginner and intermediate line dancing sessions are available to attend through January at Gateshead OPA’s base in Deckham. No partner is needed and sessions are a great way to stay in shape. Beginner sessions take place between 10:00am – 10:45am on Fridays, with intermediate sessions between 11:00am – 11:45am. For more info, please contact Victoria on 07498 357 858.

Carer advice:
Carers Trust Tyne and Wear have received funding to provide breaks for carers living in Gateshead with the aim of reducing isolation while increasing resilience. For more information, please click here.

Benefits advice:
For free confidential and impartial advice on whether you may quality for benefits even if you have savings or a private pension, please contact Malcolm on 07936 439 819.

For further information including other classes, activities and groups arranged by Gateshead OPA, please visit their website.