The Charlton Athletic Community Trust (CACT) Extra Time Hub is a chance to get together once a week to take part in a wide variety of activities for health and exercise, from dance classes, to singing, to curling. The aim of the Hub is bringing together retired and semi-retired people to engage them in active ageing. Whatever it is you want to do, there is something for everyone.
The programme is funded by the EFL Trust, Sport England and the National Lottery and runs on Wednesday mornings. In October 2019, MP Jo Churchill visited the Extra Time Hub at The Valley as part of the launch of the National Academy of Social Prescribing. She said:
“We’ve seen people do exercise classes, we’ve seen them doing choirs; a fabulous story about somebody who had COPD and, when they went for their check-up, their lung capacity had really improved; the only difference in their life was that she was part of the choir. That actually shows how we can begin to change people’s lives.”
Linda Gray, CACT’s Extra Time Hub Activator, who was previously an Extra Time participant, said:
"There's lots of things to do. You'll meet new people, even if you are on your own, you can come and we'll make you welcome."
The Extra Time Hub is all about participation, people discuss and request the activities they’d like to do and places they’d like to visit. As well as the weekly Wednesday sessions, there are a number of group day trips. Past trips have taken the Extra Time group to Margate, Herne Bay and Canterbury Christmas Market.
The Extra Time Hub runs on Wednesday mornings from 10am-midday at The Valley, Charlton, Floyd Road, SE7 8BL. Some sessions like Zumba gold, exercise with Pat and a weekly coffee morning have also been running online via Zoom.
Sessions cost £3 or £10 a month.