MHA Communities, offer a variety of fulfilling social groups, activities, and befriending services for people aged 55 and over across England and Wales.

From friendship and lunch clubs, to exercise classes and assisted shopping, we enable older people of all abilities to live later life well in their local communities.

Our new MHA Active app hosts a wealth of online exercise classes, craft demonstrations and much more to support wellbeing for older people. Simply sign up and join in the fun. 

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Activities in your local community

Our services are designed and delivered in partnership with local people so that individuals are more active, more connected and happier within their communities.

People can choose from a variety of services ranging from individual befriending to online and offline groups, clubs, classes and activities that promote and support wellbeing.

Online Activities 

MHA Active is our FREE lifestyle and wellness app with activities and exercises specifically created with older people in mind. Helping to keep your mind and body active. Download, sign up and join in.

Learn more about our online activities >


One of our most popular services, befriending is exactly what it sounds like – getting people together to make friends.

Many older people living in their own homes can become isolated and lonely, but with a regular weekly visit - perhaps to read the paper to a visually impaired person, or to play cards or accompany a member with their grocery shop - MHA Communities can help stop this from happening.

Our trained volunteer befrienders are matched with scheme members based on their interests and personalities by their local scheme manager. We offer all types of befriending, including face-to-face, telephone and online.

Learn more about our befriending services >>

Lunch and Social Clubs 

A chance to get out of the house, have a hot, balanced meal - and not have to do the washing up!

We organise regular lunch clubs to give our members the opportunity to leave the house, meet old friends and make new ones in a warm, friendly setting over nice hot meal.

The meals are designed to be healthy, balanced and nutritious and catered to members’ specific needs. The service also provides transport to members who would not normally be able to travel independently so that they can join the group too.

Learn more about our lunch and social clubs >>

Assisted Shopping Trips 

Sometimes it’s not easy or even possible for people just to pop out for their essentials.

There are three ways a scheme might provide an assisted shopping service: it may be a one-to-one trip with a volunteer, a volunteer doing the shopping for someone, or a group trip, possibly in a minibus or community transport. There might also be additional services for Christmas shopping!

Learn more about our assisted shopping trips >>

Social Groups and Activities 

It’s not just lunch and breakfast – many communities services hold clubs for crafts, games, activities, exercise and making friends.

Often based around coffee mornings, these clubs are a chance for members to get together, have some fun and company and enjoy an activity.

Promoting physical wellbeing, many Communities offer varied and interesting exercise classes to encourage members to keep active and mobile. All classes are designed to be as inclusive as possible so that members of all physical abilities are able to take part.

Learn more about our social clubs >>

Telephone Checks 

Many schemes arrange daily telephone calls to check on a person to make sure he or she is alright and offer reassurance.

If there is no answer or there is a cause for concern, the volunteer caller can inform the next of kin or relevant service.

Some schemes also provide telephone prompts to members as reminders for appointments or other key dates.


A key part of independence is being able to get out and about. MHA Communities frequently use volunteer drivers, minibuses and community transport to enable members to get to activities or medical appointments (eligibility criteria and charges apply).

Life Skills 

It’s a constantly changing world. Many Communities offer classes in various life skills such as IT and how to get the most out of the internet.

Newsletters and Signposting 

If older people find themselves in a situation where they need some outside support (perhaps after a medical diagnosis or personal crisis), MHA Communities will signpost members to any local services and agencies that can help.

Information and advice services are confidential and designed to enable people to make an informed decision about the options available to them. It may be carried out through one-to-one befriending, attendance at activities, telephone or visits to the service.

In addition, the local newsletter will keep them informed of the scheme’s latest news, upcoming events and activities, welfare initiatives and other community services that may be of interest.

Dementia Friendly Services 

Many schemes are dementia friendly and provide specific services to meet our members’ needs. 

These range from dementia friendly meetings in cafes which are suitable for people living with dementia and their carers to dementia friendly walking sessions at local parks

Learn more about our dementia friendly communities >>



MHA Communities is supported through a network of volunteers. Why not learn more about our amazing volunteering opportunities to help improve the lives of older people by alleviating loneliness and social isolation. Volunteer with us >


Fundraising for MHA Communities

Fundraising and charitable donations are vital to helping us continue delivering our vital, life-changing Communities to over 11,400 older people living in isolation across the UK. Get involved today >

MHA Active

MHA Active

MHA Active is a lifestyle and wellness app, designed to support older people who want to keep active and connected.

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