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From clay modelling and jewellery making to Bollywood dancing and table games, Ageing Better Middlesbrough has released its latest programme of free taster sessions for people aged 50 and over.

Encouraging people to stay active and take up hobbies in later life is a key part of Ageing Better Middlesbrough’s work to reduce loneliness and isolation for older people, thanks to £6 million National Lottery funding through the Big Lottery Fund.

Ageing Better Middlesbrough’s Community Projects Officer Linda Ford said: “Our free taster sessions help people try something new or rediscover an old hobby in a welcoming environment. Anyone aged over 50 is welcome to come along.

“They are brilliant for anyone who might be feeling lonely or unsure of joining a new group. People who have attended in the past tell us that taking that first step to go to a taster session can lead to much more – making new friends and finding old ones again, reminiscing, having fun and feeling part of your community.

“We are a friendly bunch who want to help make people’s lives better as they get older.”

To find out what sessions are taking place and to book go to www.ageingbettermiddlesbrough.org.uk/taster-sessions or call Linda on 01642 061019.

Ageing Better Middlesbrough has a free membership, which more than 2100 people across town are already signed up to. Members receive regular information on activities, groups and opportunities and become part of a network that celebrates the experience and knowledge of older people.

Find out more at www.ageingbettermiddlesbrough.org.uk

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