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Men's Charities which involve getting active?

Looking for something for my Dad to get him out the house. Football, Hiking/Walking, anything. Would really love some recommendations.


  • MalMonroe
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    Google your Dad's local community. Look around for community noticeboards where he lives. Look at his local newspaper, either in print or online. Where I live there are a few online groups on Facebook and people meet up regularly. And there are community noticeboards dotted around - one near a bus stop - where details of football and walking/hiking groups - from hardy walkers to beginners' groups - are posted. The local pub has meet-ups for people of all ages, as well as having special football match nights on their big telly and general lunches where people are welcome to go on their own and join in with other friendly locals. You don't even have to like, or drink, alcohol. And there are all kinds of activities held in the local community hall. I don't think that my area is unusual, either because there have been other such facilities wherever I've lived. 

    My neighbour has made friends with people simply by chatting to them as they were walking their dogs. (And she doesn't even have a dog! She also says she's shy but I don't think that's true, somehow.)

    Local libraries usually have noticeboards, too, about events your Dad may want to join in with. I'm not sure if it's the same for everyone but I've found it easier as I've grown older to start talking to people I don't know - I've lost that self-consciousness I had when younger. There must be some walking groups in your Dad's area. Facebook may be a good place to start, as I said.
    He could also join his local UA3 (University of the Third Age). Nothing to do with universities but great gathering places for retired people. They do lots of activities. You have to pay to be a member but it's only a token gesture.

    Some info here -

    I am thinking of joining, when I have the time. . . . 

    I hope some of this is helpful.   :)     All the best to your Dad. 
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  • Savvy_Sue
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    Men in Sheds?
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  • Savvy_Sue
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    Although I have to add, what does your Dad want to do? 
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