SOLIHULL seniors are keeping active and making new friends thanks to the borough’s Friends in Retirement social network.
Friends in Retirement - or FIRS - boasts over 1,400 members and a diary packed with events which members can dip into and out of as they see fit.
However the organisation is desperate for new blood to swell the numbers and to keep activities going.
Chairman Jim Bumstead of Widney Manor Road said: It’s not a case of what we can do for you but what people can do for themselves.
“I wouldn’t describe us as miracle workers but there are many older people out there who have lost their social network and we have helped turn lives around.
“One widow, having been persuaded to join in one of our bowls events, ended up thoroughly herself and told me: “It’s the first time I have been out of the house in 10 years.”
FIRS has groups all over the borough, from Chelmsley Wood, Castle Bromwich and Kingshurst in the north to Elmdon, Hobs Moat, Knowle, Shirley and Solihull in the south and events are held at a range of local venues so they are easy to get to.
Activities include the aforementioned bowling, sequence dancing, bridge, art classes, singing for pleasure and even tai chi.
There’s even conversation German for those who want to give it a try as well as rambling, sewing and cribbage and fund raising for good causes.
“We refuse to let anybody grow old - regardless of age,” said Jim.
FIRS is open to anyone aged 50 plus and numbers several centenarians in the its ranks, all still enjoying an active retirement.
For more details, visit www.friendsinretirement.co.uk