Age Alive

Age Alive What does it mean?

“We always learn something new when we meet”

Age Alive are two simple words that resonate joy, love, and togetherness. We believe ‘Age’ is only a number used to decide maturity and ‘Alive’ is enjoying a satisfying and healthy lifestyle. We aim to meet the needs of our members by organising activities that bring enjoyment and peace of mind as well as highlight the issues faced by older Black ethnic minority people by providing opportunities to express and amplify members’ voices.

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Years Operation
Roy Grant, Yasmin Jethwa, May Laida, Bilquis Chohan, Rakhel Smith, Jehanara Khan

A legacy that keeps on growing

“We became like family”

Since it’s inception in 2008 as BME 50+ network, its ambition of growth helped to create the brand of Age Alive which was adopted by the group in 2012. Age Alive and its partners have continued to provide members with activities and opportunities which have empowered them to identify and help meet their own needs by reducing isolation & loneliness, building confidence and bringing people together. To achieve this, Age Alive organises activities such as creative writing, performing arts, story-telling, walking, healthy eating sessions and exercise classes. If you would like to know more about the group, or if you are interested in joining, please use the ‘Contact Us’ link to send us a message.

About Us

When people help people,Changes Happen Here

Newport and District BME 50+ Network – Championing Diversity.

Age Alive is an independent group run by a volunteer committee of members, for the benefit of people in the local community.

We currently run a number of activities for the benefit of our members. Please take a look at our ‘What’s On?’ page to see our current activities and events.

Age Alive is open to all people aged 50+ and membership is free.

Age Alive was created in 2008 as part of the Welsh Government’s Community First initiative by a group of people from the community, led by Leanne Teichner. The aim of the Communities First initiative was to develop partnerships between the community, statutory and business sectors in order to tackle poverty in the most deprived areas of Wales.

In 2008 the BME Communities First Partnership began in Newport, hosted jointly between GAVO (Gwent Association of Voluntary Organisations) and Newport City Council, with line management involvement from SEWREC. The BME Partnership was set up to bring communities together, to act as a voice for the BME community in Newport, and to work with partners to tackle poverty.

A member of the BME Communities First Partnership, Leanne Taylor, conducted research to identify the needs of the BME community who were over 50 years old. The results from this research were pivotal in the establishment of Age Alive’s BME 50+ network.

Age Alive aims to develop the capacity and skills of Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) people over 50 years old of socially disadvantaged communities in Newport and District, in such a way that they are empowered to be able to identify and help meet their own needs and to help get their voices heard within the community. Additionally, the organisation aims to reduce isolation and loneliness, build confidence, and bring people together. To achieve this, the organisation provides opportunities such as creative writing, performing arts, story-telling, choir singing, handcrafts, walking, swimming, healthy eating sessions, and exercise classes. These activities enable members of the group to participate more fully in society as well as bring people together from different cultural backgrounds, allowing members to share with each other their rich, cultural heritages and experiences. Although aimed at BME people, you do not need to be BME to take part in Age Alive’s activities and events as the group is open for all older people over 50.

Age Alive became a registered Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO) on 12th April 2017.

Age Alive is an independent group run by a volunteer committee of members, for the benefit of people in the local community.

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Chairperson/Trustee – Roy Grant

Secretary/Trustee – Rakhel Smith

Treasurer/Trustee – Bilquis Chohan

Social Secretary/Trustee – Yasmin Jethwa

Committee member – May Laida

Committee member – Jahanara Kahn

Our Projects

  • National Lottery
  • SEWREC – (explain here)
  • Back-A-Yard project – Back-a-Yard is an oral history project which gathered the stories of African-Caribbean people who came to live in Newport during the 1950s and 1960s (and later), which included their memories of the Caribbean and their reasons for coming to the UK. The eighteen-month project was run by SEWRECand supported by the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund. The project ran from October 2014 to March 2016.
  • Black History Month 365
  • Black History Month Cymru
  • Race Council Cymru
  • Newport City Council
  • Welsh Government
  • Gwent Association of Voluntary Organisations (GAVO)
  • National Lottery
  • Communities First

What's On

“We created a strong bond and friendship”

Our Projects

“Age Alive is diverse, the members go that extra mile for you”

Our Gallery

Contact us

Address: Newport

Call Us: 07539222701


funders & supporters

We would like to thank all of our funders and supporters