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Social and leisure activities

Social and leisure activities

Getting out, taking part in leisure activities and spending time with friends can make all the difference. Here are some ideas you may like to think about.

Day opportunities for older people

Day opportunities for older people

It's important to keep active, even if a person need lots of help with personal care or have memory problems.  The Council have a number of small schemes in different settings where a person can enjoy lunch and refreshments, meet people and join in with activities.

Qualified staff are on hand to help with things like going to the toilet, washing or eating. Transport can be provided if its needed. 

Family Carers also need a break and can use these services knowing that the person they care for is in a safe and supportive environment during the day.

Who can use these services?

To use services like this, you or your cared for will need to have an assessment to help decide if they are the right thing for you.

What is an assessment?

Can I get help with the cost?

If you are on a Personal Budget, you can use it to pay towards these services.

What is a personal budget?

Where are the services?

Memory Lane Cafe
Address: Memory Lane Resource Centre, Porters Avenue, Dagenham (next to the Porters Avenue Health Centre)
Phone: 020 8593 4422
Web: http://www.carerscentre.org.uk/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=22&Itemid=25

Harp House Day Activities
Address: 16 Helmore Road, Barking, IG11 9PH

Colin Pond House Day Activities
Address: 21 Longhayes Avenue , Marks Gate, Chadwell Heath, RM6 5HB

George Crouch House Day Activities
Address: Althorne Way, Dagenham, RM10 7DG

Adult Intake and Access Team
Phone: 020 8227 2915
Minicom: 020 8227 2462
Email: intaketeam@lbbd.gov.uk

Ageing Well Programme

Barking and Dagenham's Ageing Well programme  

Ageing Well is a health and wellbeing programme that aims to provide one cohesive programme of activities for people aged 60 years or over within Barking and Dagenham that:

  • Provides them with the tools they need to lead independent lives.
  • Provides a range of exciting activities at different times of the day and week.
  • Provides opportunities to socialise and feel part of the community.
  • Utilises accessible local facilities.
  • Offers value for money.

To find out more about all the activities please take a look at the Ageing Well programme

The programme currently operates from the following venues at various times and for different activities: 

  • Park, Rush Green and Wantz Active Age Centres
  • Valence Library, Barking Learning Centre, Dagenham Library and Thames View Library.
  • Parks and Adizone sites
  • Eastbury Manor House and Valence House Museum
  • Becontree Heath Leisure Centre, Abbey Sports Centre and Jim Peters’ Stadium
  • The Broadway theatre
  • Fanshawe Community Centre

Click here for more information on the Ageing Well Programme.

Sports and leisure

There’s lots to do in Barking and Dagenham, from visiting our heritage sites such as Eastbury Manor and Valence House, to using our sports centres and having fun and getting fit. Keeping fit and healthy means you can enjoy later life.

What's on in my area?

If you'd like to join a club or find out more about what's on offer in your local area, visit your local library. If you want to find out more, click on the buttons below.

Visit the libraries web page

Visit the local clubs database

Parks and open spaces

There are 25 parks and open spaces across the borough. They are great for walking, picnics, and family days out. Many of the parks have bowling greens, sports pitches, and children's playgrounds, and Barking Park even has a boating lake.

Click here to find out more about parks in Barking and Dagenham


There's plenty of history and heritage to explore in the borough. You can visit Valence House Museum, Eastbury Manor House, and many other great places.

Visit our Museums and Heritage website to find out more

Sports and leisure centres

There are lots of different sports and leisure centres to choose from in the borough. They offer a range of facilities and exercise classes.

Our Community Sports and Physical Activity programme offers a wide range of sports activities and classes to take part in. 

Visit our Sports and Leisure website

Over 60s

If you are over 60 and a resident of the borough you can access the local leisure centres for free.

The offer is available Monday to Friday (9.00am to 5.00pm) and all weekend.  This includes free swimming, fitness classes, gym and racquet sports. 

Over 60s leisure offer

To apply - Complete a registration form at your local leisure centre and provide proof of age and address.  Acceptable forms of identification include: Freedom Pass 'Blue Badge', Driving Licence, Passport, Birth Certificate and Utility Bill. 

60+ Free Leisure Registration Form

Since 2 April 2010, we have been offering everyone over the age of 60 access to the leisure centres free of charge at off peak times. This includes the gym, swimming, squash, badminton and fitness classes!

For more information please contact the Community Sport and Physical Activity Team.

Community Sport and Physical Activity Team
Phone: 020 8227 3984

Going to the gym, swimming or playing group sports can help you to stay fit as well as improve your social life.

Inclusive Sport

The Inclusive Sports programme aims to increase the level of participation and sporting opportunities for the disabled residents of Barking and Dagenham.

There are organisations which can help you get involved in sport, if you wish to. Motivate East is an inclusive sports participation project for disabled people living in the Growth Boroughs inspired by the Paralympic Games.Interactive aims to make sport more accessible to disabled people.

Find out more about inclusive sport in Barking and Dagenham.

Day centres

Day centres offer fun and educational day time activities. 

Heathlands Day Centre

Heathlands is a community based service offering day opportunities to adults with profound and multiple learning disabilities, and Autism. It helps you to maintain your family relationships and feel independent in living at home.

Click here for more information on Heathlands Day Centre

Getting in touch

Community Learning Disability Team
Phone: 020 8227 5432

Heathlands Day Centre
Address: Heathway, Dagenham, RM10 7SE
Phone: 020 8227 5921

Day centres like Heathlands can help you with essential skills and teach you how to feel independent living at home.