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Helping over 60s get active in Brent

Posted on 27 February 2018

The Hyde Charitable Trust has donated £20,000 to QPR in the Community Trust to fund the expansion of Brent’s Hub Social Club, a health and wellbeing programme for Stonebridge residents aged 60 and over.

The Hub Social Club began last February, bringing fitness, fun and friendship to older people in the community. The sessions proved to be so popular they soon became over-subscribed. Thanks to this additional funding, QPR will now be able to run the Hub Club twice a week, giving even more residents the opportunity to get active and socialise in a safe space.

The Hyde Group has transformed the once-deprived Stonebridge estate in Brent, making it a great place for people to live, and continues to develop even more homes in the area. It is also committed to supporting residents to thrive in its communities. The Hub Social Club, a weekly physical activity class for residents in Stonebridge aged 60 and over, is a prime example of how it achieves this.

Hub Club regular, 82-year-old Bridget said: “I always look forward to coming here. I’ve made new friends and I really enjoy the exercise.”

Health Manager from QPR in the Community Trust, Sinead Friel delivers the sessions and explained: “There is huge demand from older residents. They really enjoy the fact that we’re offering fitness, fun and friendship, specifically targeted to their needs. For many it’s the highlight of their week and we’re delighted that Hyde has funded us to run an extra session, enabling us to open the group up to even more people.”

Alongside the Hub Social Club, brand new digital workshops will be introduced to help our older residents get connected, increase their independence and embrace technology in a supportive setting.