The Big Life group are hosting a friendship group for over 50’s every Tuesday from 12.30pm to 1.30pm at the Energise Centre in Whit Lane, Salford.

Across the UK, mental wellbeing has suffered due to lockdown and the Covid-19 pandemic.

With many stuck in their homes, isolated and possibly alone, people have craved social interaction and some normality back into their life.

Group member, Anne Valleley, said: “It was set up by two local volunteers, one of the volunteers retired and after her husband passed away, she was lonely, so she wanted to start a friendship group to get people together and connected.

“It is mainly for over fifties, but we welcome anyone.”

The ‘Friendship Group’ has become a great place for people to go out, meet new friends and enjoy different activities with others.

Every Tuesday the group arranges different activities including games, crafts and even exercises which people can take part in.

Julie Lucas, added: “It helped massively to form new relationships and we meet as a group socially outside. We’ve made great friends and most importantly we have a laugh and a lot of fun.

“We love coming, we have a laugh, it lifts your spirits and gives us something to look forward to.”

It was also brought up by the group how attending each Tuesday has helped them build a routine back into their lives.

She said: “It helps people to connect, get out of the house, get into a routine and have something to look forward to,

“I look forward to having a chat, making things, playing games and doing chair-based exercises.”

If you are interested in attending but perhaps feel apprehensive or nervous, you can call the friendly staff team on 07776 959872 to find out more about the group.

The Friendship Group runs every Tuesday during the the term time only from 12.30pm – 1.30pm at the Energise Centre.

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