Taster Sessions

Taster Sessions

WHY NOT TRY SOME OF OUR FREE TASTER SESSIONS. THE SESSIONS ARE FOR PEOPLE AGED 50 AND OVER TO COME ALONG AND TRY SOMETHING NEW.

All sessions are FREE to attend. Refreshments are included and there is always time for socialising.

Click here to download the latest taster session timetable or view below.

To book your place and for more information call Jeanette on:

01642 061019  or email jeanettecrosby@hope-foundation.org.uk

Or you can book online here. 

Places for taster sessions are available through request. You will be informed two weeks before the activity if you have a place on the session.  

Here’s what people have said about our sessions:

 

  

 

Timetable: 

 

Free Art Session Come and have a go at a variety of different art styles: pencil, watercolour and acrylic. We will provide the materials, just pick up what appeals to you and have a try. Tuesday 2nd April 1pm – 3pm Sunnyside Community Centre, Manor Farm Way, Coulby Newham, Middlesbrough, TS8 0RF
Digital Entertainment Learn how to stream and download your favourite programmes and shows, from BBC iPlayer to Netflix and DAB Radio to BBC Sound. You will be able to take advantage of entertainment when it is convenient for you. Or if you do not understand any of the above, come along to find out what all the fuss is about. Wednesday 3rd April 1pm – 3pm Newcastle Building Society,

38 Linthorpe Road, TS1 1RD

(opposite M&S)

Hill Street Centre Stand Would you like to find out more about Ageing Better Middlesbrough and some of the things you can be involved in free of charge? Pop by and meet some of our team. You can also try out a couple of the activities on offer. Thursday 4th April 11am – 3pm Hill Street Centre (near the Muffin Break Cafe), Hill Street, Middlesbrough, TS1 1SU
Middlesbrough Football Club Workshop Are you a Boro fan? Would you like to find out more about their Digital Membership? Want to win a signed shirt? Come along to learn how to book match day tickets, watch matches, and shop at the club shop, all online. You can also get help renewing or buying a season ticket. Thursday 4th April 1pm – 3pm Hemlington Social Club, Viewley Centre Road, Middlesbrough, TS8 9JH
Chair Based Exercise Come and join this new class for a fun, seated workout. Using a range of gentle exercises, improve your fitness without leaving your chair.   Friday 5th April 10:30am – 11:30am Sunnyside Community Centre, Manor Farm Way, Coulby Newham, Middlesbrough, TS8 0RF
Photography Session Come along and learn new skills to take pictures. Plus get tips on using or buying camera equipment with photography students from The Northern School of Art.

No previous experience necessary. Hopefully this session will lead to a regular group meeting.

Friday 5th April 1pm – 3pm Captain Cook Museum, Stewart Park, Ladgate Lane, Middlesbrough, TS7 8AR
Tax, Care and Toy Boys All of your questions answered on wills, inheritance tax, protecting your family’s nest egg…and toy boys. Afternoon tea is included. Tuesday 9th April 1pm – 3pm The Courtroom, Middlesbrough Town Hall, TS1 2QJ. Delivered in partnership with Newcastle Building Society.
Yoga for Beginners Come along and try relaxing yoga for your mind and body.

 

Wednesday 10th April 1pm – 3pm Hindu Cultural Centre

54 Westbourne Grove, North Ormesby, Middlesbrough, TS3 6EF

Activity Date Time Venue
Family Tree Who do you think you are? Come and meet our Genealogist and pick up some tips on how to research your family tree. Monday 8th April 10am – midday Thorntree Community Hub, Birkhall Road, Middlesbrough, TS3 9JW
Walk and Talk Stewart Park Join us for a stroll around the park with others and a coffee afterwards at the Museum Café. This may become a regular session. Monday 8th April 1pm – 2:30pm Stewart Park, Ladgate Lane, Middlesbrough, TS7 8AR. Meet near the animal enclosure on the left at the end of the car park.
Musical Memories Afternoon Come along for an afternoon full of music. Ask Alexa to play your favourite song. Enjoy a sing along and a game of music bingo. Wednesday 10th April 1pm – 3pm The Netherfield Arms,

Anchor Housing, Middlesbrough Grange Care Home, Fosdyke Green, Netherfields, TS3 0RY

Tea and Technology Bring along your laptop, iPad, tablet or phone and learn how to make better use of it in a relaxed environment. If you do not have one you can try one of ours. Friday 12th April 10am – midday The Hope Foundation, 1 Grange Road, Middlesbrough, TS1 5BA
Easter Card Craft Come along and be creative, design and make your own Easter cards. Friday 12th April 1pm – 3pm Newcastle Building Society, 38 Linthorpe Road, TS1 1RD

(opposite M&S)

Classical Cafe, Cobweb Chamber Orchestra Join us for classical music in a relaxed and informal atmosphere. Tea, coffee and homemade cakes are available. Sunday 14th April 3pm – 4pm Doors open at 2:15pm for refreshments. Town Hall Box Office Entrance, Albert Road, Middlesbrough, TS1 2QJ
Community Choir Do you enjoy singing and spending time with others? Come and join us to try out the Community Choir which meets every Monday at the Town Hall. No experience necessary. Monday 15th April 1pm – 2:30pm Middlesbrough Town Hall (Studio Space) Box Office entrance, Albert Road, Middlesbrough, TS1 2QJ
Stay Safe Online Workshop Are you concerned about online security? Would you like to know how to create strong passwords and keep them safe? Cleveland Police Cyber Crime Unit will be running a workshop to help give you the tools and the know how to go online safely and with confidence. Tuesday 16th April 1pm-3pm Newcastle Building Society, 38 Linthorpe Road, Middlesbrough, TS1 1RD
Men’s Social and Games Evening (weekly session) An opportunity to play table games with other men and make new friends in the Coulby Newham area. Wednesday 17th April 5pm – 8pm Sunnyside Community Centre (Thirteen Housing) Sunnyside, Coulby Newham, Middlesbrough, TS8 0RF
Gilbert and Sullivan Society Do you enjoy singing? Why not join us to practice well known songs from musicals, films and stage shows in this friendly and informal group. Thursday 18th April 7:30pm -9:30pm St Barnabas Church Hall, St Barnabas Road, Linthorpe Middlesbrough, TS5 6JR
Activity Date Time Venue
A Taster in Carpet Bowls Come along and have a try at indoor carpet bowls. Great fun and a good way to keep fit. No experience necessary. Tuesday 23rd April 1pm – 3pm Anchor Housing, Alderwood Retirement Village, Coulby Newham Middlesbrough, TS8 0SZ
Middlesbrough Memories Using film, artefacts, music and photos come and join in the discussion and share memories of our fantastic town. Wednesday 24th April 1pm – 3pm Anchor Housing, Oakwood Court, Gypsy Lane, Marton, Middlesbrough, TS7 8TA
Tea and Technology Bring along your laptop, iPad, tablet or phone and learn how to make better use of it in a relaxed environment. If you do not have one you can try one of ours. Wednesday 24th April 12:30pm

-2:30pm

Thorntree Community Hub, Birkhall Road, Middlesbrough, TS3 9JW
Pamper Session Relax and have your nails painted. Enjoy a cuppa and a nice piece of cake. Thursday 25th April 1pm – 3pm Home Group, Hastings House, Sandringham Road, Park End, Middlesbrough, TS3 0EZ
History Walk Join us for a walk around St Hilda’s to discover old Middlesbrough. Find out about the founders of the town and its historical buildings before moving on to the Transporter Bridge Visitors Centre for refreshments. Finishing with a ride on the glass lift to the top of the bridge. Friday 26th April 1pm – 4pm Meeting in Central Middlesbrough. Location to be confirmed.
Musical Memories Afternoon Come along for an afternoon full of music. Ask Alexa to play your favourite song. Enjoy a sing along and a game of music bingo. Monday 29th April 1pm – 3pm Anchor Housing Acklam Court,

322 Acklam Road, Middlesbrough, TS5 8DL

Falling on Your Feet A dance and health 10-week programme for over 65s. Develop your creativity and confidence through dance, improve your balance, strength and flexibility. Have fun and make new friends. One hour dance then half hour for refreshments and social time. Please note this also runs on Thursday afternoon and you will need to be available to attend both sessions. Tuesday 30th April to 2nd July 1:30pm – 3pm Central Library, Victoria Square, Middlesbrough, TS1 2AY

(upstairs room) This is running in partnership with Helix Arts and Middlesbrough Council

Middlesbrough Football Memorabilia Workshop Are you a Boro fan? Do you have fond memories of Ayresome Park or the Riverside? Come and relive the days from the 70s to 2006. See historical items, tickets, shirts and programmes from the last 40 years of Boro history. Wednesday 1st May 1.30pm – 3pm Newcastle Building Society,

38 Linthorpe Road, (opposite M&S)

TS1 1RD

Activity Date Time Venue
Falling on Your Feet A dance and health 10-week programme for the over 65s. Develop your creativity and confidence through dance, improve your balance, strength and flexibility. Have fun and make new friends. One hour dance then half hour for refreshments and social time. Please note this also runs on Tuesday afternoons, you will need to be available to attend both sessions. Thursday 2nd May to 4th July 1:30pm – 3pm Middlesbrough Town Hall (Studio Space) Box Office entrance, Albert Road, Middlesbrough, TS1 2QJ

This is running in partnership with Helix Arts and Middlesbrough Council

Hill Street Centre Stand Would you like to find out more about Ageing Better Middlesbrough and some of the things you can be involved in free of charge? Pop by and meet some of our team. You can also try out a couple of the activities on offer. Friday 3rd May 11am – 3pm Hill Street Centre (near the Muffin Break cafe), Hill Street, Middlesbrough, TS1 1SU
Tea and Technology Bring along your laptop, iPad, tablet or phone and learn how to make better use of it in a relaxed environment. If you do not have one you can try one of ours. Friday 3rd May 10am – midday The Hope Foundation, 1 Grange Road, Middlesbrough, TS1 5BA
Classical Cafe, Faith Whiteley, Flute Join us for classical music in a relaxed and informal atmosphere. Tea, coffee and homemade cakes are available. Sunday 5th May 3pm – 4pm Doors open at 2:15pm for refreshments. Town Hall Box Office Entrance, Albert Road, Middlesbrough, TS1 2QJ
Eat Well for Less Join us for this 6-week course to find out how to eat well but spend less. Thursdays 9th May – 6th June 10am – midday Thorntree Community Hub, Birkhall Road, Thorntree, Middlesbrough, TS3 9JW
Affordable Warmth Workshop Paying too much for gas and electric? Want to switch but think it is too much hassle? We have invited Middlesbrough Environment City to give advice on switching suppliers, Smart Meters, and eligibility for governments grants. Tuesday 7th May 1pm – 3pm Salvation Army Centre, 2 Admirals Avenue, Middlesbrough, TS3 8ET
Bingo Afternoon Join us for a fun game or two of bingo, prizes to be won (not cash). Friday 10th May 1:30pm – 3pm Thorntree Community Hub (Lounge) Birkhall Road, Thorntree, Middlesbrough, TS3 9JW
Walk and Talk Stewart Park Join us for a stroll around the park with others and a coffee afterwards at the Museum Café. This may become a regular session. Monday 13th May 1pm – 2:30pm Stewart Park, Ladgate Lane, Middlesbrough, TS7 8AR. Meet near the animal enclosure on the left at the end of the car park.

 

 

Activity Date Time Venue
Free Art Session Come and have a go at a variety of different art styles: pencil, watercolour and acrylic. We will provide the materials, just pick up what appeals to you and have a try. Tuesday 14th May 1pm – 3pm Sunnyside Community Centre, Manor Farm Way, Coulby Newham, Middlesbrough, TS8 0RF
Family Tree Who do you think you are? Come and meet our Genealogist and pick up some tips on how to research your family tree. Tuesday 14th May 1pm – 3pm Thorntree Community Hub, Birkhall Road, Middlesbrough, TS3 9JW
Tea and Technology Bring along your laptop, iPad, tablet or phone and learn how to make better use of it in a relaxed environment. If you do not have one you can try one of ours. Wednesday 15th May 12:30pm – 2:30pm Charwood Community Centre, 6-7 Charwood, Thorntree, Middlesbrough, TS3 9RE
Yoga for Beginners Come along and try relaxing yoga for your mind and body. Wednesday 15th May 1pm – 3pm Hindu Cultural Centre,

54 Westbourne Grove, North Ormesby, Middlesbrough, TS3 6EF

Gilbert and Sullivan Society Do you enjoy singing? Why not join us to practice well known songs from musicals, films and stage shows in this friendly and informal group. Thursday 16th May 7:30pm -9:30pm St Barnabas Church Hall, St Barnabas Road, Linthorpe Middlesbrough, TS5 6JR
Community Choir Do you enjoy singing and spending time with others? Come and join us to try out the Community Choir which meets every Monday at the Town Hall. No experience necessary. Monday 20th May 1pm – 2:30pm Middlesbrough Town Hall (Studio Space) Box Office entrance, Albert Road Middlesbrough, TS1 2QJ
Rock and Roll 60s Afternoon Dust off your dancing shoes and get your jive outfit ready to join us for a fun afternoon. Tuesday 21st May 1pm – 3pm Church of Ascension, Admirals Avenue, Middlesbrough, (off Penrith Road), TS3 8ET
Tea and Technology Bring along your laptop, iPad, tablet or phone and learn how to make better use of it in a relaxed environment. If you do not have one you can try one of ours. Wednesday 22nd May 12:30pm – 2:30pm Church of Ascension, Admirals Avenue, (off Penrith Road), Middlesbrough, TS3 8ET
Affordable Warmth Workshop Paying too much for gas & electric? Want to switch but think it is too much hassle? We have invited the Affordable Warmth Team from Middlesbrough Council to give advice on Smart Meters and how to switch energy suppliers to get the best deal. Wednesday 29th May 1pm – 3pm Church of Ascension, Admirals Avenue, (off Penrith Road), Middlesbrough, TS3 8ET
Florence Bell Project A six-week history and music project that tells the fascinating story of this caring and influential woman who brought about the building of Middlesbrough Winter Garden and documented the lives of so many working families living in poverty in the town. Wednesday 22nd May, 29th May,

5th June, 12th June, 19th June 26th June

10:30am -12:30pm Disgraceland, 17 Baker Street, Middlesbrough, TS1 2LF

 

 

Activity Date Time Venue
Movie Matinee Join us for a relaxing afternoon watching a classic movie with tea and cake. Friday 24th May 1:30pm – 3:30pm Linthorpe Resource Centre, 54 Borough Road, Middlesbrough, TS1 2JH
Sunday Seaside Special Do you remember building sand castles on the beach? Fish and chips, ice cream cones. Come along and have fun at Whitby. Sunday 19th May 10am – 5pm Pick up points to be confirmed
History Walk Join us for a walk around St Hilda’s to discover old Middlesbrough. Find out about the founders of the town and its historical buildings before moving on to the Transporter Bridge Visitors Centre for refreshments. Finishing with a ride in the glass lift to the top of the bridge. Friday 31st May 1pm – 4pm Meeting in Central Middlesbrough

Location to be confirmed

The Big Lunch Come along and join us and others from your local community to eat Sunday lunch together. Sunday 2nd June Midday – 2pm Church of Ascension, Penrith Road, Berwick Hills, Middlesbrough,

TS3 7JR

Cannon Street Revisited Did you live in the Cannon Street area? Do you have family or friends that lived in this well known and much loved community of Middlesbrough? Join us for a cuppa to share your memories. Old photos of Cannon Street will be on display, if you have any please bring them along so that they can be copied and added to the digital archive. Monday 3rd June 1pm – 3pm Cargo Fleet Social Club, Cargo Fleet Lane, Middlesbrough, TS3 8NN
Free Art Session Come and have a go at a variety of different art styles: pencil, watercolour and acrylic. We will provide the materials, just pick up what appeals to you and have a try. Tuesday 4th June 1pm – 3pm Sunnyside Community Centre, Manor Farm Way, Coulby Newham, Middlesbrough, TS8 0RF
Independent Living and Blue Badge Talk Are you aware of the changes being made to Blue Badge eligibility? Would you like to know more about assistive technologies that can help you live at home independently for longer? Would you like to find out about carer services that are available? The Independent Living Centre and Middlesbrough Staying Put Agency will be discussing these topics so come along to learn some valuable information that could help you or someone you care about. Tuesday 4th June 1pm – 3pm Salvation Army Centre, 2 Admirals Avenue, Middlesbrough, TS3 8ET
Lunar Late Lunch Join us for a lovely stroll around the grounds of Ormesby Hall and a picnic in the courtyard (Marquee if raining) you can also have a sneak peek inside the Hall. Drinks available from the tea room and picnic is provided. Thursday 6th June 6pm – 8pm Ormesby Hall, Church Lane, Ormesby, Middlesbrough, TS7 9AS

(Delivery/Coach entrance)

Activity Date Time Venue
Knowing Me, Knowing You How well do you really know your other half? Their favourite things, dislikes and habits? Come along and take part in this fun game, prizes to be won. Or if you prefer, join us to watch in the audience. Friday 7th June 7pm – 9:30pm The Bowling Club, Cornfield Road, Linthorpe, Middlesbrough, TS5 5QL
Hill Street Centre Stand Would you like to find out more about Ageing Better Middlesbrough and some of the things you can be involved in free of charge? Pop by and meet some of our team. You can also try out a couple of the activities on offer. Saturday 8th June 11pm – 3pm Hill Street Centre (near the Muffin Break Cafe), Hill Street, Middlesbrough, TS1 1SU
Walk and Talk Stewart Park Join us for a stroll around the park with others and a coffee afterwards at the Museum Café. This may become a regular session. Monday 10th June 1pm – 2:30pm Stewart Park, Ladgate Lane, Middlesbrough, TS7 8AR. Meet near the animal enclosure on the left at the end of the car park.
Job Search and Universal Credit Online Do you find it difficult looking for jobs on the many job sites online? Want to know more about Universal Credit? Come along to find out how to prepare, apply and claim your Universal Credit and how to navigate the job sites effectively. Tuesday 11th June 12:30pm – 2:30pm Thorntree Community Hub, Birkhall Road, Middlesbrough, TS3 9JW
Flower Arranging We provide the flowers, you create your own floral arrangement. Meet new friends and try a new skill. Wednesday 12th June 1pm – 3pm Anchor Housing, Acklam Court, 322 Acklam Road, Middlesbrough, TS5 8DL
Music Quiz Name that tune, picture quiz, missing lyrics. Come along and test your music knowledge with lots of singing along the way. Thursday 13th June 1pm – 3pm Anchor Housing, Alderwood Retirement Village, Coulby Newham, Middlesbrough, TS8 0SZ
Tea and Technology Bring along your laptop, iPad, tablet or phone and learn how to make better use of it in a relaxed environment. If you do not have one you can try one of ours. Friday 14th June 10am – midday The Hope Foundation, 1 Grange Road, Middlesbrough, TS1 5BA
Family Tree Who do you think you are? Come and meet our Genealogist and pick up some tips on how to research your family tree. Monday 17th June 10am – midday Thorntree Community Hub, Birkhall Road, Middlesbrough, TS3 9JW
Community Choir Do you enjoy singing and spending time with others? Come and join us to try out the Community Choir which meets every Monday at the Town Hall. No experience necessary. Monday 17th June 1pm – 2.30pm Middlesbrough Town Hall (Studio Space) Box Office entrance, Albert Road Middlesbrough, TS1 2QJ
You, The Artist Art throughout history, how we enjoy and apply skills perhaps without really knowing. A talk on the history of art with free refreshments. Tuesday 18th June 1pm – 3pm Anchor Housing, Oakwood Court, Gypsy Lane, Marton, Middlesbrough, TS7 8TA
Activity Date Time Venue
Musical Memories Afternoon Come along for an afternoon full of music. Ask Alexa to play your favourite song. Enjoy a sing along and a game of music bingo. Monday 24th

June

1pm – 3pm Anchor Housing, Oakwood Court, Gypsy Lane, Marton, Middlesbrough TS7 8TA
Bollywood Dancing Come along and have a go at Bollywood dancing, great exercise and lots of fun. Tuesday 25th June 1pm -3pm Church of Ascension, Penrith Road, Berwick Hills, Middlesbrough, TS3 7JR
Tea and Technology Bring along your laptop, iPad, tablet or phone and learn how to make better use of it in a relaxed environment. If you do not have one you can try one of ours. Wednesday 26th June 12:30pm – 2:30pm Thorntree Community Hub, Birkhall Road, Middlesbrough, TS3 9JW
Race Night Come and join our fun race night. Prizes for the winners (not cash). Free refreshments. Wednesday 26th June 6pm – 8pm Home Group, Hastings House, Sandringham Road, Park End, Middlesbrough, TS3 0EZ
History Walk Join us for a walk around St Hilda’s to discover old Middlesbrough. Find out about the founders of the town and its historical buildings before moving on to the Transporter Bridge Visitors Centre for refreshments. Finishing with a ride on the glass lift to the top of the bridge. Friday 28th June 1pm – 4pm Meeting in Central Middlesbrough

Location to be confirmed

Memories of Middlesbrough An exciting art project to celebrate our memories of the town. Using a range of art forms, we will create a unique piece of art. Held on Care Home Open Day. Come and have a look around Middlesbrough Grange Care Home. Friday 28th June 1pm – 3pm Anchor Housing, Middlesbrough Grange Care Home, Fosdyke Green, Netherfields, TS3 0RY

 

 

Please note you do not need to book for the Café Meet Ups.

Just come along on the day.

 

Activity Date Time Venue
Debenhams Café Meet Up

Join us for a free cuppa and a warm welcome at our Cuppa Club in Debenhams. Quiz and table games available too. Catch up with Ageing Better Middlesbrough staff.

Monday

1st April

13th May

3rd June

2:30pm – 4pm Debenhams Café, 3rd floor,

1 Newport Road, Middlesbrough,

TS1 1LE

Marks and Spencer Café Meet Up

Pop in and join us for a free cuppa and have a chat to Ageing Better Middlesbrough staff and other people. Table games available too.

Tuesday

9th April

14th May

11th June

9:30am – 11am Marks and Spencer Café, 1st floor,

Hill Street Shopping Centre, Middlesbrough, TS1 1RH

Jean’s Kitchen Café Meet Up

Come along and join us for free cuppa, make new friends and catch up with Ageing Better Middlesbrough staff. A warm welcome guaranteed.

Wednesday

17th April

15th May

19th June

10am – midday Jean’s Kitchen, Dundas Market, Dundas Arcade, Middlesbrough,

TS1 1HR

Stainton Inn and Tearooms Cafe Meet Up

Join us at this lovely new venue for a free cuppa, chat to Ageing Better Middlesbrough staff and enjoy conversations with other people.

Friday

12th April

17th May

14th June

10:00am -11:30pm Stainton Inn and Tearooms, 2- 4 Meldyke Lane, Stainton, TS8 9AZ