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Reading – A guide for the elderly

If you’re unsure of suitable activities for the elderly in Reading, read on! The Live in Care Company has compiled a list of helpful resources and local social groups in Reading, that are specifically aimed for the elderly to partake in and enjoy.

Life beyond retirement offers plenty of opportunities to make new friends, enjoy new activities and learn new skills. As part of this, it can be difficult to know where to start!

That’s why we’ve sourced some of the best activities for the elderly in Reading, Berkshire so you don’t have to. From lunch clubs to walking groups, arts and crafts and book clubs, read on to discover some of the best things to do for the elderly in Reading.

What services are available to the elderly in Reading?

As we age, it’s more important than ever to stay in touch with friends and family and try to integrate into the community as much as possible. With so many elderly people citing loneliness, it can come as quite a comfort to know that there are support groups, clubs and events designed for the older generation.

No matter if your loved one likes walking, reading, or just having a chat, read on to discover the best things to do in Reading with an elderly person, relative or parent.

Looking to learn more about live in care? Read more about elderly live in care in Reading or find out about how live in care can help.

Social groups for the elderly in Reading

Pop in over 50s coffee morning

The over 50’s pop in coffee morning is a fantastic opportunity to meet like-minded people, and have a good old catch up! Running weekly at Watford hall in Reading, there are regular speakers as well as weekly sessions. The Pop In is ideally located on Carey Street and is accessible by bus so elderly residents can pop  in on the way to the shops.

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STAR club 

A STAR club (standing for Stimulation, Therapeutic, Activity Respite) is looking to launch in Reading. STAR club provides support, conversation, inclusive games and cognitive activities for the elderly. The three-hour clubs offer respite for full-time live-in carers and can bring a refreshing change of environment and stimulus for an older person. 

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Dementia groups (MCST)

Developed by Age UK Reading, MCST is a dementia therapy group for older people living with dementia. The group runs once a week and comprises of face to face sessions and a light lunch.  The group is based on Maintenance Cognitive Stimulation Therapy, focusing on cognitive therapy treatment methods in a group environment.

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Debz Day Trips and Lunch Clubs

Debz Day Trips runs accessible day trips at reasonable prices. With various drop-off and pick-up points throughout Reading, elderly attendees can enjoy an exciting and fun-filled day out. With new surroundings to see and new friends to meet, Debz Day Trips also organises a Jacket Potato Lunch Club.

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Coley Park Over 50’s Club

Coley Park Over 50’s Club offers exclusive events and social occasions for older members of the   community. Meeting for activities like games, bingo and quizzes to name a few, Coley Park Club includes tea, coffee and biscuits, and meets weekly.

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Craft and Chat

 This weekly craft session can keep fingers busy and encourage cognitive stimulation. With all artistic abilities welcome, this two-hour weekly session encourages individual or group projects. The Craft and Chat group is held at the Weller Centre on Amersham Road.

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 Caversham Older Adults Fit Club 

 Caversham Older Adults Fit Club, or COAF, is a small and friendly exercise class for older adults. With exercise programmes designed and developed for those over 60, it is a safe and welcoming environment for those looking to enjoy moderate exercise with like-minded people. COAF runs physical exercise classes for older adults in local centres and online, should there be a need.

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Garden centres in Reading

Some local Reading garden centres which are suitable for elderly people include:

Caversham Bridge Garden Centre

Dobbies Garden Centre Reading

Playhatch Garden Centre

Primrose Garden Centre

Winnersh Garden Centre

Laurel’s Plant Centre

Englefield Garden Centre

Accessible day trips and outings for the elderly in Reading

Some other accessible outings in and around Reading include:

Caversham Court Gardens

Situated a five minutes drive away from central Reading, Caversham Court Gardens sits on the bank of the river Thames, offering glorious views and prestigious grounds that include a walled garden and terraced lawns. Admission is free, and the gardens also feature a tea kiosk for hot drinks and cakes.

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Basildon Park

 Situated in Lower Basildon, Reading, Basildon Park is a Grade I listed  building that is owned by the National Trust. Originally built in the 18th Century, this Georgian mansion features typical Georgian  architecture amongst stunning grounds. From enjoying beautiful artwork to the unique collections that have been maintained over the years, it’s the perfect day out, with tea rooms and a shop to keep you busy. With step-free access to the ground floor and gardens, facilities are in place so that wheelchair users can still enjoy Basildon Park.

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 Reading Museum

  In a very central location, Reading Museum offers an alternative day out in the very heart of Reading town centre. With free admission and disabled access, take in the sights of Britain’s Bayeux Tapestry for 200 years, or find out more about Huntley and Palmers, the renowned biscuit company which was one of the first global brands, operating the world’s largest biscuit factory.

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 Reading Abbey ruins

 Built by King Henry I, the Reading Abbey ruins offer a glimpse into the past. The historic ruins and surrounding grounds are the perfect day out for history lovers. Discover more about the abbey’s history and famous residents, and attend local events that regularly take place amongst stunning surroundings.

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 From classical concerts to crafts, history and more, check out What’s On Reading to keep up to date with the latest events.

Local pharmacies in Reading


Basingstoke pharmacy

Whitley pharmacy 

Erleigh Road pharmacy 

Oxford Road pharmacy 

Southcote pharmacy 

Caversham pharmacy

Christchurch Road pharmacy


Local Reading hospitals

Royal Berkshire Hospital

Circle Reading Hospital

Disabled parking in Reading

You can find out more about Blue Badge parking spaces in Reading on the council website. There are a number of parking facilities which enable blue badge holders, including street parking and single and double yellow lines, where applicable. Please click here for more information.

Reading Shopmobility scooter hire

There are mobility scooters available within both The Oracle and Reading town centre. This includes wheelchairs and powerchairs, as well as a shopper’s assistant on selected days.

Community Transport schemes

Community transport schemes enable elderly or vulnerable people to access facilities with ease if they struggle with mobility. From wheelchair-accessible buses and cars to voluntary car shares, you can find out more from the below resources:

Community Transport Schemes – Age Space

Transport – Reading Voluntary Action

No matter your interests, hobbies, and ability, there’s something for everyone in Reading. Social events and activities for the elderly offer welcoming respite and companionship, where you can meet with friends, make new friends and keep your calendar as exciting as you like! You can read more about our local live-in care services in Reading here.

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