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Birmingham – An elderly guide

Birmingham is a thriving city with endless possibilities for seniors to enjoy their retirement. Our elderly guide to Birmingham highlights the best activities and resources for seniors in the local area. Whether you’re a long-time Birmingham resident or new to the area, read on for a list of senior social groups, dementia services, garden centres, community centres, accessible day trips and excursions, community transportation options, and more.

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Senior social groups and activities in Birmingham

Birmingham offers a wide range of social groups and activities for seniors to enjoy new hobbies, remain physically active, and stay connected and engaged with the community. From coffee and meal meet-ups to knitting groups and community choirs, there’s something for everyone.

New Shoots Gardening Club

This club meets every Wednesday from 10 am to 1 pm to develop plot 11 at the St. Margarets Road site. Here, like-minded people can work together, share the benefits of gardening, and even enjoy organised cooking and eating sessions using the grown produce. All you need to do to join this club is show up! Turn up for a session to get involved. For more information, there is a helpful content page which can be found here.

Silent Memories

Perfect for those who can enjoy gentle exercises and sensory experiences, this silent disco takes place as part of Moseley Park’s “Wellness Wednesdays” at 1 pm. Run by Leaf Creative Arts’ music strand, Love Hertz – Musical Lifelines, Silent Memories uses headphones to create a sonic, dementia-friendly experience. To book, get in touch via email:


This is a free weekly dance class at Ladywood Community Centre for older people to build their strength, balance, and confidence. The classes are led by trained dance artists, who creatively combine physiotherapy exercises with fun dances, and always end with refreshments. Classes are every Friday from 10:30 am – 12:30 pm and cost £5 to join. Contact for more information or call Aesop on 01993 870161 (9 am-6 pm, Monday – Wednesday).

SO Vocal

This unauditioned community choir is open to allny Birmingham locals with a passion for singing. Although there is no audition to join, there is a waiting list. To join the waiting list, contact Eben Gutteridge at

Sing Me Sunshine

This singing group is for music lovers who would like to brighten up their day with an afternoon of signing with and chatting with new people. It’s perfect for elderly people with health problems, those who are feeling lonely, or those who are simply looking for something new to do. For more information, please contact Helen at 07981 957061 or email

Seniors Social Club

This friendly social group is for anyone over the age of 60. The Seniors Social Club is perfect for socialising, day trips, holidays, and games such as Bingo and Hoy. Email or call 0121 706 0652 for more information

Fircone Birmingham Group

This group provides opportunities for those aged 50 and over to practice, learn, or share skills and activities with each other in a relaxed atmosphere. From playing bowls and bridge to computing classes and jazz appreciation sessions, this is the perfect space to continue learning and sharing in a social space. Some other examples of the activities shared include:

  • Ambling on Wednesday morning
  • Fincone Choir
  • Gardening and drawing classes
  • Knit and Natter
  • Line dancing
  • Quilting
  • Woodcarving

The Fircone lifetime registration fee is £10. While the first ‘taster’ session is free of charge, there is a suggested donation of £3.50 for each session attended.

Friday Luncheon Club

This lunch club for seniors is available to anyone with dementia, socially isolated, or housebound who would like to socialise with others, play games, and enjoy a two-course meal. Located at the Fox Hollies Forum, email for more information on opening times.

Birmingham community centres and day centres for the elderly

There are also a number of day centres with weekly meet-ups for seniors in Aston, Kingstanding and Edgbaston. Offering a relaxed and friendly space for elderly people to meet and enjoy each other’s company, the Ageing Well Group includes activities such as Tai chi, choir, arts and crafts, sewing, bowls and a ‘Cuppa and Chatter’ group.

Seniors can find their local Birmingham Settlement community centre in one of their three central locations; Aston, Kingstanding and Edgbaston.

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Birmingham Dementia services

Birmingham offers a welcoming and supportive environment for those living with dementia, with a range of resources to support those living with the condition and their carers.

Back in Time Reminiscence Sessions

Held in the Birmingham Back to Back houses, these reminiscent sessions are aimed to spark memories in those with mild dementia. Participants are taken to a historical room to sit and chat about objects from the past, such as old photographs, toys, or household objects. These sessions are free of charge but require booking! Email or call 0121 622 2442.

Age UK Memory Care Service

This day service offers a fun and unique service for those living with dementia at the Perry Tree Centre. Here, you can expect a safe, friendly, and comfortable environment with fully trained staff and activities such as dancing, bingo, gardening, quizzes, exercise, reminiscence, and many more. There are also carer respite opportunities and door-to-door transport available. Call 0121 437 0033 or email for more information.

Singing for the Brain

Join this friendly singing group to improve brain activity and overall mood. Meeting on the second Monday of each month at Sutton Coldfield Methodist Church, you can expect fun vocal warm-ups as well as both familiar and new songs. Call 0121 706 4052 for more information. They also meet at the Brandwood Centre. Email to get in touch.

Forget Me Not Singalong

This free, friendly choir is for those with dementia and other disabilities. There is no booking required, and they meet every first Monday of the month at St Johns Centre Christ the King Church. Get in touch by emailing

CBSO Cuppa Concerts Live

These relaxed concerts are a series of live small-ensemble shows performed by CBSO musicians. They are specially programmed for those living with dementia, their carers, and their family and friends, and are offered three times a year in October, March and June at the CBSO Centre. Email for more information.

Birmingham Dementia cafés

There are a number of Dementia cafés available around Birmingham where those with dementia and their carers can meet together for support, social interaction, and delicious tea and cakes. Some of Birmingham’s dementia cafés include:

Accessible days out in Birmingham for the elderly

Whether it’s visiting historical landmarks like the Birmingham Cathedral or exploring the beautiful Botanical Gardens, Birmingham offers a variety of exciting opportunities for seniors to stay active and engaged. With an ever-increasing choice of accessible attractions, shops, and a wide range of facilities open to disabled visitors, there are plenty of affordable and accessible outings in and around Birmingham for seniors to enjoy.

Birmingham Cathedral

Located in the heart of the city, Birmingham Cathedral is a stunning example of English Baroque architecture. The building is accessible, with a ramped entrance, a hearing (induction) loop, and is welcome to assistance dogs.

Aston Hall

This magnificent Jacobean mansion offers visitors a glimpse into an opulent 17th-century lifestyle. The building is not fully accessible, but all visitors can access the ground floor of Aston Hall, the grounds, the stables range, the stable yard café, and the shop.

The Birmingham Back to Backs

These historic houses offer insight into the lives of the 19th and 20th-century Birmingham working class. Tours of the ground floor are available with level access to the courtyard and all four showhouses. There is an accessible toilet, wheelchairs on offer, and seating available throughout.

Botanical Gardens

These stunning gardens are located in the heart of the city and are the perfect place to take a leisurely stroll. The main entrance is accessible from the car park, there is a disabled toilet located at the main reception, and a range of accessible paths. Mobility scooters and wheelchairs are also available to hire for visitors.

Cadbury World

Perfect for anyone with a sweet tooth, take a fascinating tour of the Cadbury chocolate factory where visitors can take part in interactive experiences and enjoy free samples. Carers receive a free ticket, and staff are able to offer additional assistance for those with physical disabilities or learning or emotional impairment.

The Jewellery Quarter

This vibrant neighbourhood has been described by English Heritage as ‘a national treasure’ and is home to over 800 businesses, specialist retailers, makers, and designers. Visitors can explore the area and parking is free to Blue Badge holders.

Birmingham Canals

Birmingham’s extensive canal network offers a lovely perspective on the city and space to enjoy the fresh air. It’s one of the most intricate canal networks in the world and visitors can take a stroll along the towpaths or take a canal boat ride. Many of the routes are fully accessible – see the accessibility map here.

Garden centres in Birmingham

Birmingham and the surrounding area is home to a number of garden centres where elderly residents can enjoy flowers and greenery. With most featuring a cafe and gift shop, these are a fantastic option for a lovely day out. Some notable options include:

Birmingham accessible toilets

For a look into accessible public toilets and available Radar toilets, see this Great British Public Toilet Map. Aside from these accessible toilets, Birmingham also offers a number of ‘changing places toilets’ which you can find around the city centre. Some locations include the Library of Birmingham, the Bullring shopping centre, Cadbury World, and more. For a detailed map of Birmingham’s available changing places toilets, see this map.

Transportation for the elderly in Birmingham

In Birmingham, individuals with disabilities and senior citizens can access several community transport programs to help them get to medical appointments and the hospital, do their shopping, and even provide trips to see their family or social gatherings.

Ring and Ride Service

This low-cost transportation service is for disabled people and those who struggle with mobility. The Ring & Ride accessible minibus can be booked to take you door to door for local journeys. This minibus runs from Monday to Saturday from 8 am – 11 pm and on Sunday from 8 am – 3:30 pm.

Age Concern Birmingham escort:

Age Concern Birmingham can arrange transportation for those who find normal public transport difficult or impossible. These transportation services will take you:

  • To GP or hospital appointments.
  • On escorted shopping trips.
  • To visit a loved one in a hospital or at a care home.
  • To one of their lunch clubs or day centres.

If you or a loved one require additional support, there are quality live-in care options in Birmingham available to help you enjoy Birmingham’s vibrant city. With the assistance of a compassionate and friendly live in carer, seniors can feel involved and connected with their local Birmingham community, with the help of a dedicated companion and friend. To learn more about elderly live-in care from our friendly care experts, click here to find out more.

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