A surprise visit
A tea party group in Carnoustie was recently entertained by a surprise visit from a bearded dragon belonging to Khalid, son of volunteer host Dorothy. For Dorothy, who enjoys involving her family in the tea parties she hosts, volunteering fits well with her other commitments and has the benefit of bringing generations together.
Healthy living as we age
Re-engage CEO Meryl Davies talks about what we can do as individuals and as a society to try to improve our health in older age. She explores how we can build a society where we all commit to health and what small steps might make a difference as we age.
By Meryl Davies
Two years ago, we launched our first activity groups. We have since supported hundreds of older people who take part in a variety of gentle activities from chair yoga to walking tennis. Older people who attend these sessoins have become more active, experienced improved wellbeing and have built social connections within their communities.
By Laura Joplin
Amani's marathon magic
Company executive Amani Kessi has entered the London Marathon to raise funds for Re-engage and, within days of setting up his donations page, he raced past his target of £2000.
Leigh moved to the UK from South Africa just over seven years ago and she has been a call companion for almost two years. She explains why she chose to volunteer for Re-engage and how the older people she has been matched with continue to inspire her.
Using evidence to develop and deliver activity groups
Re-engage impact and evaluation manager Georgina Everett was invited to speak at a webinar organised by the National Academy for Social Prescribing about how the charity uses evidence to develop and deliver activity groups for older people who are experiencing loneliness and social isolation.