24 June 2007


In our previous issue, we looked at facilities for young people at the Rockbourne Centre. Now, Mary-Anne Finkelstein of our Leisure Sub-Committee looks at what’s on offer for older members of our community.

There’s a stately-looking building on Stanstead Road that has always appealed to me: “SENIORS,” says a colourful, hand-painted sign in front of the building. So when I was asked to look into resources for older people in our community, this was my first stop.

“Seniors” is a registered not-for-profit charity, the official name of which is Lewisham Elders Resource Centre, run by and for people aged 50 and over. Their patron is Rudolph Walker, OBE, known to most of us as Patrick Truman on Eastenders.

About 750 people use Seniors each month. They come for activities ranging from line dancing to art appreciation, as well as keep-fit classes and a newly-formed creative writing group. Seniors celebrates maturity, working on the concept that older people should be appreciated as valuable resources for the whole of the community. At Seniors, says Mary Jeremiah, the Director, ‘people are able to make friends and find new avenues of expression.’

The house itself, which is Grade II listed, is undergoing a £1.5 million refurbishment to make it completely unique and accessible; the charity has raised about half their target amount already. Phase One, now completed, meant replacing the crumbling roof, and Phase Two will see the beautiful conservatory to the side of the building restored to its former glory.

Two advisers work from the building, helping anyone 60 and over to fill in benefits forms and such like. There is an open surgery on Thursday mornings, or a home visit can be booked by ringing 020 8291 1164.

A lifetime membership costs £1; the charity encourages contributions and runs various fundraising schemes to cover costs. However, says Mary, money should not be a bar to anyone wishing to use Seniors as a resource.

Seniors is located at 260 Stanstead Road, SE23 1DD. Buses 185 and 171 run past the front door.

Document updated 27-Jun-2013. Phone number updated and their new website is www.seniorslewisham.org.uk


Forest Hill Society said...

Despite being an old article, we receive regular requests for further information and enquiries as to whether we are still running our 'Seniors' sessions.

Seniors has no association with the Forest Hill Society other than one of friendship. The refubishment has been complete for some time and further information on their activities can be found on their website seniors260.org

Anonymous said...

The seniors260.org does not exist! What a pity, I would have liked to browse it.

Forest Hill Society said...

Yes, it would appear that they have some issues at the moment - the website is down, their email is full and the phone is disconnected.

However, I am assured by Lewisham Council that the organisation is still operational and they have just renewed the domain, so hopefully they'll get their webhost organised soon.

Stansteadgirl1 said...

Tried to call the phone number, its not working.
Can someone let us know if this wonderful building is operational or not please. Really would like ot know

Stansteadgirl1 said...

Phone no longer working, does anyone know what is happening here please? Would love some feedback on the situation.

Forest Hill Society said...

Apparently the correct phone number is now either 020 8291 1164 or 020 8699 4977. They have also changed their website to www.seniorslewisham.org.uk

Bob (Traesurer) said...

I would like to thank the Forest Hill Society for their backing but to assure all interested parties that 'Seniors' (Lewisham Elders Resource Centre) has undergone extensive reorganisation and we are now working in partnership with ECO Communities to provide more facilities for people over 50 with more support for people who live on their own. Please feel free to POP IN at anytime Monday to Friday or ring on 0208 291 1164 or look on our new website www.seniorslewisham.org.uk