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Help Us to Help Others – Our Story

The 50+ Skills Exchange Club is the social vision of Beta Futures. Its aims are to reduce the isolation and exclusion of older people in local communities by providing support, guidance and a hand of friendship through weekly Club meetings and additional social interaction.

We have been running the Club in Redhill and Crawley for a number of years but now we need your help to continue! The Club is valued by members and has had, and continues to have a positive impact on their lives. Here are some of the stories:

Joined the Club due to feeling a bit lonely and rather isolated
As a result of his membership he has now made firm friends
Goes on day trips to Worthing and Brighton
Has an active social life including other clubs
His confidence has been restored
His health and well-being has improved

Joined the Club for social reasons
After a visit from a CAB speaker, showed interest in joining the CAB team
Fellow members encouraged and helped her to have the confidence to apply
Now working as a volunteer admin assistant

Joined the Club having been made redundant
Now in full time employment
He says: “If only more people knew of the importance of what the Club achieves and the marvellous work it produces and the help it gave me and others. You don’t always see on the outside of a person by heck you do on the inside”.

Contrary to popular belief, hitting the age of 50 does not mean that you are passed it, over the hill or that you no longer have a valuable contribution to make to society. That is why we set up the 50+ Skills Exchange Club, as an alternative to existing provision, which everyone is welcome to attend, whatever their motivation. Whether it is to socialise, to learn new skills, to meet new people or get into work/volunteering.

Our primary aim is to reduce the risk of isolation, loneliness and ill health.
Everyone either knows somebody or has a family member that could directly benefit from attending the Club. As we get older our confidence and self-esteem diminishes when events such as: bereavement, redundancy, retirement, empty nest syndrome, declining health and other life changes take hold. This can have a negative impact on mental health and well-being, and you begin to question what it’s all about.

There are times in life when we all feel vulnerable. The older you get the harder it is to ask for help. Please help us to help others like Harry, Heather and Barney, by donating whatever you can on our just-giving page:


We would like to thank you in advance for your support!


The 50+ Skills Exchange Club: Crawley Club Update

Below you will find our article  for Age Action Alliance published on 31st July 2015:

“The 50+ Skills Exchange Club brings people together to socialise and learn new skills. It also supports individuals who are wishing to get back into work or pursue volunteering opportunities in the local community.

In May 2015 Beta Futures was delighted to launch the 50+ Skills Exchange Club in Crawley.  The Club currently runs in Redhill and there are plans for a third in Horsham by 2016.

So what has The Club been up to? The Club has already welcomed an increasing number of members and hosted several guests such as Loredana D’Andrea from K2’s Well Being team.

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The Crawley Club Launch May 2015

The Crawley Club is organising future meetings including a First Aid session and representatives coming in from local businesses.  Members of The Club were also recently inspired by Chestnut Tree House when a speaker came in to talk about the hospice’s work. Beta Futures’ Managing Director, Marie Harris, will be embarking upon a 50km trek of the Great Wall of China over 5 days in October 2015. So far Marie has raised over £1000 in aid of this amazing charity and The Club members are hoping to arrange a trip to the hospice in the near future.

Ping Tsim Alternative Therapies Crawley Session
Ping Tsim Alternative Therapies Crawley Session

The Club members are putting forward their own ideas for Club events such as fundraising, craft stalls and much more. A committee will soon be established which will allow members to shape and drive the direction of The Club.”

Want to learn more? Check out our website: http://www.betafutures.com/newsite/50plus.html

Our blog on the Age Action Alliance website: http://ageactionalliance.org/the-50-skills-exchange-club-crawley-update/

Marie Harris’ Just Giving Page: https://www.justgiving.com/marie-harris6/

You can also find us on Twitter (@50PlusSkills) and Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/pages/50-Skills-Club/1569904066559573).

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