What is Young at Heart?
Inspired by the TV series “Old People’s Home for 4 year old’s”, Young at Heart is a non-residential, “not for profit” intergenerational community social club, for those who are retired, providing an active day outside the home with other like-minded adults. Our community club is a core part of the lives of elderly residents in Heathfield and the surrounding area.
We provide a variety of activities at Young at Heart integrating a rotation of local primary schools and a nursery school, bringing young and old together. Children from 3-11 years old spend time with our members helping the children appreciate they have a part to play in the community and in turn, enriching our members’ days by mixing with the wider community.
We are extremely fortunate to have the use of Heathfield Park Cricket Club, set in a beautiful location with outstanding views.
At Young at Heart we are committed to enhancing your life in retirement in our warm, friendly environment.
A typical day
The Young at Heart day runs from 10am-4pm. On a Tuesday morning a start to finish craft is made for all members to take away – there is plenty of help on hand for those who need it! Some times we have guest speakers or professional crafts people who talk us through their skills. On a Thursday morning we make a quick bake followed by a singing session with the amazing Angela Brooks who we are very fortunate in having her support. She has sung with the likes of Robbie Williams, Will Young, James Brown to name but a few! Some of her choir members often accompany her too.
We include a healthy and tasty lunch, which is cooked on site and supports the nutritional needs of our members.
Immediately after lunch we are joined by the school children, bringing their reading books to be heard to read by members. This is followed by activities to suit both generations. If the school are working on a particular topic we love to assist. Weather dependent we make the most of the fantastic out door space the Club has to offer.
After the children head back to school, we end our day with a choice of freshly baked cake for tea.
The benefits of our intergenerational club
Our club provides activities which bring enormous benefits to both young and old. The activities include crafts, guest speakers, cooking, singing/music, as well as contributing to the education of the primary school children. This learning and befriending between generations is at the core of our activities and fundamental to our happy social club ethos.
Young at Heart was featured on the BBC “Inside Out South East”.
Watch the video by clicking the image below or click here
Click on the photos to see examples of some of our days and events
How much does it cost?
Young at Heart was set up as a “not-for-profit” organisation for the benefit of the retired community. We employ staff to ensure the best professional care and have generous volunteers who give up their time to assist.
Young at Heart costs £50 per day.
If you would like more information on how we distribute the profits please click here
We welcome potential new members for a free trial day, please contact Rachel.
Charitable donations from business
We would welcome conversations with local businesses or charities who would like to use their charity allowance to subsidise a place for a patron at Young at Heart.
Thank you both again for such a good day on Tuesday and also the amazing lunch. Talk about action packed, you certainly keep us busy and I always feel that I have achieved something different from a normal day at home. In fact the days are getting even better and we all appreciate the effort you put into them.
How do I get there?
We can pick you up and drop you home at the end of your Young at Heart Day.
We arrange lifts between our staff to collect you in the morning in time to arrive for 10am. They will then collect you and return you home from 4pm onwards.
Do have a discussion with us if you live further afield as we hope to find a solution for all, though there may be a small additional cost.
We would love to hear from you!
Based in Heathfield Park Cricket Club on the edge of Heathfield Park, we have views across the town towards the South Downs. It is a stunning location with plenty of outdoor space which we take advantage of whenever possible.
To make a booking or to
book a free trial
call Rachel Gibson on
Heathfield Park Cricket Club