Free training: Run your own group

7 Dec 2017

Have you always wanted to start your own book club, gardening group or poetry collective? Here’s your chance.

From February 2018, Growing Bolder is running training to help older people start their own groups. From friendship clubs to hobby groups, anyone interested in running an activity is welcome.

Growing Bolder is a network of people over 55 who encourage each other to try new things and meet people. With funding from Bristol Ageing Better they are offering a three day training course.

It’s free to attend and trainers Mary Everett and Barbara Bloomfield will be leading the sessions. The pair have a combined 46 years of experience as counselling supervisors and trainers.

On the course, they will be covering a wide range of topics. These include: teaching skills, publicity, finding participants, troubleshooting problems and funding. They’ll deliver all this information in a fun and engaging way – so no need to worry about getting bored!

Barbara says: “Running a group can be a great way to stay active and engaged as you age – but the specifics can be daunting. We’re hoping to make sense of it for the people who come along, and empower them to start doing more of what they love.

“Whether your idea for a group is fully formed, or you’re starting to think about it, we can help you ensure that it’s a success.”

If you or someone you work with is interested in attending the sessions, they’ll be taking place on Friday February 9th and Saturday February 17th. The trainers will also schedule an extra day for supervision. The course will take place in Bishopston between 11am and 4pm, with the venue to disclosed on booking.

If you would like to attend, please contact

You can also see for further information on the courses.

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