East Lothian Council

Ageing Well

Ageing Well in East Lothian

Ageing Well group swimmingAgeing Well UK is a health promotion initiative run through Age Concern for the over 50s which aims to help them take control of their own health.

Established in 1993, there are now over 100 projects running nationwide. The East Lothian project is one of five in Lothian, all of which are run in partnership with NHS Lothian.

The East Lothian project aims: 'To improve and maintain the health of older people and improve their quality of life through increasing their physical activity levels, increasing their access to leisure facilities and promoting the development of a locality wide multi-agency programme, based on Ageing Well principles'.

We are community-based and take a broad approach to encouraging activity by involving a wide range of organisations and groups.

We recruit, train and support volunteers who will then endeavour to:

  • direct individuals to existing, appropriate activities in the community and encourage participation in these
  • work with health professionals and others to identify older people who are frail/housebound and not currently participating in any regular physical activity
  • work with clients who have physical disabilities, mental health needs or dementia and possibly "buddy" people to appropriate health-related services
  • provide advice and training on physical activity-related topics to organisations and groups working with older people
  • raise awareness of the project and the benefits of increased physical activity
  • support the work of Ageing Well

Volunteers

Ageing Well offers a great volunteering opportunity for over 50s. You can help make a difference to the health and wellbeing of the over 50s in East Lothian while enhancing your skills and knowledge - and having fun!

Department of Community Services, John Muir House, Haddington, EH41 3HA.

East Lothian Council, John Muir House Brewery Park Haddington East Lothian EH41 3HA.