Socialising and getting to know new people is a crucial part of maintaining independence and well-being as we age. A way to meet new people and reduce feelings of loneliness is to get involved in local groups and activities in the local community. Here are some great options to consider attending.

Age UK Lunch Clubs and Pop-ins

Bournemouth and Christchurch both have regular lunch clubs for older people in the community, they vary in size and activities but try to cater for all interests. The club is organised mainly by volunteers and some members. Although not suitable for those with dementia.

If you have trouble with mobility. There is also a door to door transport service taking groups to pubs and local restaurants on alternative Tuesdays.

For full details of available lunch clubs, visit

Christchurch Community Partnership

If you are older but more able to volunteer in the community, there are plenty of opportunities to get involved in various projects with local charity, Christchurch Community Partnership. This could be helping the homeless, or helping older and less mobile people in your community.

For more information and contact details, visit the Christchurch Community Partnership website.

Mulford Wood Community Centre

This community centre, on Pipers Drive, Mudeford, offers a wide variety of activities such as quiz nights, fitness classes for all ages and abilities, as well as craft groups where you can ‘knit and natter’.

Visit the Mulford Wood Community Centre website for more information.

Coda Music Trust

This organisation offers music tuition, creative music workshops, choirs and musical activities for all ages and abilities. Music can also be an effective way to engage people with dementia.

If you love music and meeting new people, this could be the perfect activity for you.

Visit the Coda website for more information about what you could get involved with.

Highcliffe Dementia Social Group

This is a group in Christchurch that offers a social meet up for people with early stages dementia as well as their carers. It can be a good choice if you are looking to gain a better network of support around you.

For more information about days and times, as well as contact details, visit the My Life My Care website.

Christchurch Life Drawing Group

This group offers a monthly untutored drawing group. Welcoming newcomers of all abilities so if you are already an artist or would like to give it a try, this could be a great group to meet with. Finding local hobby groups can be an excellent way to meet new people and get inspired.

More information about the Christchurch Life Drawing Group on

Age UK Bournemouth Events and Activities

Keep an eye on the Age UK website, they often have regular and one off events and activities happening in Christchurch.