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Older People's Programme

The Copleston Centre has a long and proud tradition of work with older people. 

More recently, we are pleased to have been awarded funding from City Bridge Trust for Silver Linings, a three-year programme of work with people over 65 which has incorporated previous classes into a programme of activities and events that meets the needs of a diverse older community.  Our aim is to provide activities and events which enable older people to volunteer, socialise and build relationships, develop new skills, share talents and improve physical and mental well-being.

A thriving programme has increased our local and borough-wide presence and enabled us to reconnect with and build new partnerships with individuals and organisations across the borough.

While challenges of Covid-19 have prevented us from providing many of our activities face-to-face, but thanks to our funder flexibility and support with our Silver Linings programme and new funding from Southwark Community Response Fund, we have been keeping in contact with all our groups through phone calls, emails, work with partner organisations and delivering differently with video, Facebook Live, Rooms and Whatsapp groups and with our Real Meals On Wheels home delivery service with Level Six Foods.




About the Programme

As Copleston, and the community we’re part of, has evolved over the years, we have found an increase in demand for activities and services for older people. In 2016, we asked for informal feedback about what older people would like to see more of and, in response, we co-created the Silver Linings programme which is now funded by City Bridge Trust. 

In addition to long-running groups like Looking at Books, Music Appreciation and T'ai Chi, we have developed new classes and opportunities. These include Silver Soca, a dominoes group, and visits to galleries and theatres. We work closely with the Copleston Community Cafe where we offer a monthly programme of Cafe Talks focused on different subjects.  We have also linked with the Southwark Healthy Walks in Peckham Rye and Guys and St Thomas' Falls Prevention Strength and Balance who now run a programme of classes at our centre. 

The programme is designed to cater for our diverse community and their wide range of interests , and all sessions take place in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere where you can meet new people, see old friends, share and learn new skills and suggest ideas for the programme.

The Copleston Centre is close to the centre of Peckham and served by the following buses: P13 is 3 minutes walk away (bus stop: Ivanhoe Road); 40, 42, 176, 185 and 484  are 10 minutes walk away (bus stop: Elsie Road and Ondine Road).