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Post-Retirement Opportunities Events - An invitation from LinkAge

Aged 55+ and approaching retirement? Retirement is a major transitional phase in life, and can lead to worries about money, social isolation and a loss of purpose. Come along to one of LinkAge Post-Retirement Opportunities events, and discover more about the opportunities and advice available to you, explore and share ideas, hear from those with lived experience of retirement, and meet and socialise with people at a similar stage in life all over some delicious free drinks and nibbles!
The next events are
Avonmouth Community Centre 6pm to 8pm Thursday 21st February
MV Balmoral M Shed - Volunteering in Retirement, 6pm to 8pm Thursday 14th March
Lockleaze Sports Centre - Active Retirement 6pm to 8pm Thursday 21st March
The Vassall Centre Fishponds 6pm to 8pm Thursday 28th March
The New Room Bristol City Centre - Working in Later Life, 6pm to 8pm Wednesday 3rd April

For further information, visit or call 0117 353 3042.

How to get the latest news from LinkAge

LinkAge provides a huge range of services, activities, events and connections for older people in many parts of Bristol. Some of you will already get information direct from LinkAge every month, but for those who don’t, their latest news bulletin is on the LinkAge website.

If you would like to see these regularly, you can also sign up from the LinkAge website to get future news bulletins straight into your inbox.


Free online Courses

Did you know free on line courses supplied by various universities are available? Topics include, languages, Stategies for Successful Ageing, Fashion Industry, Writing Fiction, William Wordsworth, Jane Austen, Psychology etc. If you are interested the website is


Two research projects at Bristol University are looking for volunteers to take part. In both cases you will be rewarded with a £20 voucher.

The first project is looking at isolation and loneliness in older men with hearing loss. If you are interested in helping with this, please contact Alex Vickery by email: or by phone on 0117 954 6773

The second project is comparing the performance of younger and older people in processing visual information, using a computer screen. If you are interested in participating in this study or would like further information, please contact Mehmet Uzun by emailing:

(added by HFOT August 2018)


Would you like to play a church organ?

We have been approached by Weston in Gordono Parochial Church Council who are bidding for a Heritage Lottery Fund grant to restore their church organ. As part of this process, they are willing to make the church and organ available to aspiring organists or pianists. The instrument is single-manual and pedals with six stops, so it is not too daunting for a pianist. The church is open every day all day.

If you would like to take up this offer, please contact Roger Williams on 01275 872777


Attention - New Groups!

Do remember to check for new groups which may have started since you last looked. Click to GO THERE NOW! New ones get established quite regularly.


Zumba Toning in Bedminster

Some of you will know Marie Clifford (who is a U3A member) who teaches amazing Zumba exercise classes, including Zumba Gold specially geared for older people.

Marie is now offering Zumba Toning which combines dance with weight training.

This is NOT a U3A group. But U3A members may be interested in joining Marie's classes, which take place at the United reform Church Hall, West Street, Bedminster BS3 3PG, from 10.30 am on Thursdays, costing £5/4 each session.

For more information contact Marie on 0117 963 4104


Volunteering opportunities.

If you've offered what you feel you can to U3A and still have spare time, or are looking for something else, don't forget there are many, many reputable organisations looking for help.
Here are a couple who've specifically asked:-

~ Bristol Citizens Advice are seeking volunteers with good communication skills to train as advice workers. If you are potentially interested and would like to find out more please call Andy Steward on 0117 9268801 or e-mail to `

~ Oxfam Bookshop Cotham Hill could do with some willing, constant and reliable volunteers. If you are able to volunteer 4 hours either morning or afternoon; enjoy an infinite variety of books, donors and customers; please contact Simon Baines, Manager @ the bookshop on 01179 467 443.

~ Action Tutoring is an educational charity looking for the help and support of local volunteers in Bristol.
If you have a passion for helping pupils in their education, could tutor maths or English (with the help of our resource books!) and could spare just one hour a week then we would love to hear from you.
Please contact for more details on how to become a volunteer tutor!

~ Alive This is a charity dedicated to improving the lives of older people. If you could spare any time at all to help out at Katherine House on the Downs then please do contact Sara on Sara is particularly looking for a pianist to go into Katherine House for an hour or so each week.

~ Clifton Suspension Bridge Trust is looking for a team of volunteers to help deliver tours and workshops to primary and secondary schools about the Suspension Bridge. Training will be given and volunteers will be DBS checked. Their busiest time is the Spring and Summer terms. If you are interested in volunteering for this role please contact Kat Tudor on 0117 974 4664, or email

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