POSITIVE AGEING MONTH – OCTOBER 2023

Positive Ageing Month is an October festival of events and activities that emphasise the positive aspects of ageing and the significant roles older individuals play in our community and families. It’s a great opportunity to get out and about, try new things and meet new people.

This year’s focus is on moving more to live more, emphasising the importance of physical activity for both physical and mental wellbeing. The getactiveabc team is committed to supporting you to keep moving, whatever your age, enriching lives by helping older people maintain independence for as long as possible through healthy lifestyle choices.

Our leisure facilities have organised a series of activity mornings in October to welcome older people to the gym and exercise classes, encouraging at least 150 minutes of moderate intensity physical activity per week. It’s a chance to have a taster of our activity programmes with low impact activity classes, guided audio nature walking trails, relaxation with gentle Tai Chi or Yoga, and getting social with our Over 50’s clubs and events such as South Lake Danceathon and Special Olympics !

We want our centres to be hives of social activity as well as hubs promoting fitness. See below details of all our ‘Positive Ageing’ activities and events taking place across the borough.

See you there!

BAT & CHAT

Table Tennis

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Come along and enjoy these 𝐁𝐚𝐭 & 𝐂𝐡𝐚𝐭 table tennis sessions, they’re a great way to meet new people, have a chat, learn how to play table tennis or improve your existing skills. Sessions are available at:
 
Banbridge Leisure Centre
Every Tuesday [5 Sept – 19 Dec]
10.30am – 12noon
 
Dromore Community Centre
Every Wednesday [4th Oct – 8 Nov]
10.30am – 12noon
 
South Lake Leisure Centre
Every Thursday [7 Sept – 21st Dec]
10.30am – 12noon
The sessions are led by a qualified coach | £3.00 pp

The programme is delivered in partnership with Banbridge Table Tennis Club and Craigavon Table Tennis. To register for Banbridge or South Lake, please contact Banbridge Table Tennis Club by 📧
To register for the Dromore, please book online 

BUFF BONES

Over 50 club fitness

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A bone health class promoting strength training & therapeutic exercise. Taking place at the following Centres:

Richhill Recreation Centre
Tues 3 | 10 | 17 | 24 Oct
5.00pm – 5.45pm
£2.00pp
To book, contact reception 028 388 70719

Tandragee Recreation Centre
Wed 4 | 11 | 18 | 25 Oct
11.00am – 11.45am
£2.00pp
To book, contact reception 028 388 41110

CHAIR YOGA

chair yoga

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Ashgrove Community Centre
Wed 11 Oct
Taster session
2.00pm – 3.30pm
To book, call  028 3832 4989

DANCEATHON

Valentine's Dance Class

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South Lake Leisure Centre
Wed 4 Oct
Dancing for fun and to improve your overall health and well-being.
10.00am – 12.00pm
£3.10pp
Book at reception or telephone 033 005 64411

HALLOWEEN DANCE SESSION

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South Lake Leisure Centre
Wed 25 Oct
Come along to our Halloween-themed dance session, sure to get you in the spirit!
10.00am – 12.00pm
£3.10pp
Book at reception or telephone 033 005 64411

GET OUT GET ACTIVE (GOGA)

50+ class south lake leisure centre

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GOGA Tai Chi/ Chi me taster session
Low impact Tai chi for arthritis and Chi/ Me which aims to improve balance
core strength and range of motion.

Dobbin Street Community Centre, Armagh
Monday | 5.00pm – 6.00pm
To book call Martin 07392170746 or Email: Cost: £2 per session

GOGA Fit Armagh
Dobbin Street Community Centre
Monday | 10.00am-11.30am

A low intensity, inclusive fitness class aimed at seniors, people with disabilities, health conditions and anyone looking to get back into exercise. Get active with a range of body weight, light resistance and cardio exercises designed to suit your fitness level.

GOGA Fit Craigavon
South Lake Leisure Centre
Tuesday | 11.30am-12.30pm

A low intensity, inclusive fitness class aimed at seniors, people with disabilities, health conditions and anyone looking to get back into exercise. Get active with a range of body weight, light resistance and cardio exercises designed to suit your fitness level.

GOGA Fit Banbridge
Banbridge Leisure Centre
Friday | 11.00am-12.00pm

A low intensity, inclusive fitness class aimed at seniors people with disabilities, health conditions and anyone looking to get back into exercise. Get active with a range of body weight, light resistance and cardio exercises designed to suit your fitness level.

GOGA Nordic Walk
South Lake Leisure Centre
Wednesday | 1.30pm – 2.30pm

Nordic walking is an excellent form of exercise said to work 90% of the muscles in the body. Learn the proper Nordic walking technique that will help you walk, improve you cardio, develop strength, improve posture and reduce the impact on your joints.

GUIDED AUDIO TRAIL TOURS

Lurgan Park

LAUGHTER YOGA

laughter yoga over 50

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Practising Laughter Yoga each day increases a person’s memory, thinking abilities, and intellectual capacity. It provides people taking part with the opportunity to laugh without a reason!

South Lake Leisure Centre
Wed 11 Oct | 10.00am – 12.00pm
£3.10 pp
Book at reception or call 033 005 64411

MINDFULNESS & RELAXATION

Yoga Fitness Class

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Mindfulness meditation helps keep you in the moment and provides physical and mental health benefits.

South Lake Leisure Centre
Wed 18 Oct | 10.00am – 12.00pm
£3.10pp
Book at reception or call 033 005 64411

NURTURE IN NATURE WALKS

WALKING AUTUMN

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Armagh Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council in partnership with the Southern Area Trust are hosting a number of ‘Nurture in Nature’ walks across the Borough (Chi Me will be offered as an alternative to the walk if the weather is poor).

Why not come along and join us at one of the following:

  • The Palace Stables Armagh – Monday 9th October meeting at 10:45 am at the top of the main carpark for 11:00am start.
  • Lough Neagh Discovery Centre-Monday 16th October meeting at 10:45am at the Discovery Centre for 11:00am start.
  • Banbridge Leisure Centre – Monday 23rd October meeting at the main entrance of the Leisure Centre at 10:45am for 11:00am start.

Each of the walks will last approximately 40 minutes and refreshments will be offered afterwards.

To register please email: or call Joan on 07515607472

OVER 50'S CLUBS

Over 50 club gym session

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Gilford Community Centre
Monday & Friday
10.00am – 12.00pm
Badminton, Chi Me, Pickle ball & much more
£3.10pp | FREE for members

Orchard Leisure Centre
Tuesdays
Badminton | 9.00am – 12noon
Yoga | 12noon – 1.00pm
£3.10pp | FREE for members

Richhill Recreation Centre
Tuesdays | 9.00am – 10.00am
Low impact activity class
£3.10pp | FREE for members
No advance booking required

South Lake Leisure Centre
Every Wednesday | 10.15am – 12noon
Activities include:
Dance | Pickleball | Circuits | Badminton | Boccia

The club also hosts talks from a variety of organisations, special classes from visiting instructors, and arranges social away days and seasonal events. Check out the weekly programme on the South Lake Community Notice Board.

£3.10pp and free to getactiveabc members.

Tandragee Recreation Centre
Fridays
Activity class | 10.00am-11.00am
Tea & Coffee | 11.00am-12.00pm
£3.10pp | FREE for members
No advance booking required

Price includes use of gym following relevant induction

View all Fitness Classes here

PILATES

pilates over 50

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Pilates promotes flexibility, strength and conditioning.

Dromore Community Centre
Tues 10 Oct | 10.30am – 11.15am
£2.00pp
Book at reception or call 028 926 99070

PUMPKIN CARVING & FLOWER ARRANGING

pumpkin carving Halloween

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Halloween themed Pumpkin Carving & Flower Arranging Workshop with a hot drink provided by Café IncredABLE

South Lake Leisure Centre
Tues 24 Oct | 10.00am – 12.00pm 
£6.00pp
Book at reception or call 033 005 64411

SOCIAL PICKLEBALL

Pickleball

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Pickleball is a fun and active sport that helps you improve your fitness while providing an opportunity to get
out and be social. Light refreshments included.

Rathfriland Community Centre
Tues 5, 12, 19, 26 Oct  | 10.00am – 12.00pm
£2.00pp
Book at reception or call 028 406 38188

SPECIAL OLYMPICS EVENT

Fitness Classes

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Participate in this fun mini team games event.

South Lake Leisure Centre
Wed 18 Oct | 10.00am – 12.00pm
£3.10pp
Book at reception or call 03300564411

SWIMMING

swimming

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Over 60’s get FREE Swimming at the following Centres

Banbridge Leisure Centre
Orchard Leisure Centre
South Lake Leisure Centre

Check out Swim Times here

TAI CHI

Chi Me Yoga Tai Chi

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Gentle exercise and moving meditation, with benefits to mental and physical health.

Richhill Recreation Centre 
Thurs 5 | 12 | 19 | 26 Oct
6.00pm – 7.00pm & 7.00pm – 8.00pm
Book at reception or call 02838870719

VERVE CHATTY WALKS

chatty walks over 50

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Gentle walk and chat. Everyone welcome, light refreshments included.

Oxford Island  – meet at Lough Neagh Discovery Centre
Wed 4, 11, 18, 25 Oct | 10.00am – 11.00am

Lurgan Park – meet at Water Fountain
Mon 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 Oct   | 10.00am – 11.00am

South Lake Leisure Centre – meet at Cafe incredABLE
Thurs 5, 12, 19, 26 Oct  | 10.00am – 11.00am

Free
For more information call 02837563946 or email

WATER RESISTANCE

disabled swim

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South Lake Leisure Centre
Wed 11 Oct | 10.00am – 12.00pm

Increase flexibility, improve heart and lung function, whilst building strength with gentle resistance from the water. Relieves joint pain as well as symptoms of arthritis and blood circulatory problems. For more information or to book call 03300 564411. Cost £3.10 per session

WALKING FOOTBALL

Walking football team talk

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Indoor walking football with light refreshments included

Rathfriland Community Centre
Mon 2, 9 , 16, 23, 30 Oct | 11.00am – 1.00pm
£2.00pp
Book at reception or call 02840638188

YOGA

Pilates Yoga

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Yoga promotes flexibility, strength and conditioning.

Dromore Community Centre
Tues 10 & 17 Oct | 11.30am-12.15pm
£2.00pp
Book at Reception or call 028 926 99070

ZEN TANGLING

Zen Tangling  Positive Ageing Month

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A creative art session, an easy-to-learn, relaxing, and fun way to create beautiful images.

South Lake Leisure Centre
Wed 4 Oct | 10.00am – 12.000pm
£3.10pp
Book at reception or call 033 005 64411

Getactiveabc is delighted to once again support the annual Positive Ageing Campaign. Positive Ageing Month puts a focus on the 5 steps to wellbeing – Be Active, Connect, Take Notice, Give and Keep Learning.

This year’s programme aims to provide opportunities to participate in activities that will allow you to achieve all these steps. Please spread the word and come along to join in the fun and meet new or old friends!

Getactiveabc deliver a number of initiatives, aimed at people in their senior years who are starting to think about the steps they can take now to ensure that they live long, healthy lives.

FREE SWIMS

Individuals 60 years of age and over may swim free of charge

GET OUT GET ACTIVE (GOGA) PROGRAMME

Delivered in partnership with Live Active NI, Get Out Get Active (GOGA) programme aims to provide inclusive physical activity opportunities for the least active people in our community and encourages people of all ages and abilities to become more active together.

GYM CONCESSIONS

Individuals 60 years of age and over are entitled to concessionary membership rates.

There are many benefits of living an active lifestyle:

✅ Helps maintain the ability to live independently and reduces the risk of falling.

✅ Reduces the risk of health conditions such as heart disease, high blood pressure, colon cancer, and diabetes.

✅ Reduces symptoms of anxiety and depression and fosters improvements in mood and feelings of wellbeing.

✅ Helps maintain healthy bones, muscles, and joints.

✅ Helps control joint swelling and pain associated with arthritis.

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