Birmingham’s over 50s invited to Bollywood dancing and speed friending event

An event celebrating the lives of people over 50 will be held on February 11, 2022, at Austin Court on Cambridge Street in Birmingham.

‘Moving Forward Together’ has been organised by local people over 50 who have experienced social isolation and loneliness. The event aims to connect people, celebrate ageing and build on the successes of Ageing Better in Birmingham, a programme aiming to reduce social isolation and loneliness.

Robert Cummins, 69 of Shard End, Birmingham, has helped organise the event. He said:

“This time of year, when it’s still dark and cold outside, and the Christmas celebrations are long gone, can feel long and lonely. Our event is a brilliant opportunity to make friends in Birmingham without the pressure, shyness and nervousness generally associated with meeting new people.

“We’re making sure it’s a welcoming atmosphere where people feel they can start conversations with folks they don’t already know.”

People coming to the event can expect Bollywood dancing, art and craft workshops, speed friending, free lunch and refreshments throughout the day. It will take place at 10 am and goes on until 3 pm.

Susan Corbett, Community Project Officer at Groundwork West Midlands, leads on supporting the group of older people who have helped organise the event. She said:

”It will be a wonderful celebration! The group has worked hard to make it a special event for people over 50 and we all look forward to it.”

Stephen Raybould, Programmes Director for Ageing Better in Birmingham, said:

“The local citizens organising this have put their heart and soul into making it a special celebration. Because it’s run by and for people over 50, who have experienced how lonely this time of year can be, we hope it’s going to be a great experience for anyone who comes along.”

Anyone wanting to attend should register by 31 January by contacting Susan Corbett on 07796695452, or emailing