The Sharp End
Fitness, Fun and Healthy Living for People over 50…
(Summer party at St Mary’s Secret Garden (2018) )©The Sharp End

Why call yourself SHARP?

In the mid 1990s, community health professionals recognised became aware that many older adults, in Hackney, were disconnected from their peers and community, inactive and generally fading away from public life. After commissioning a research, the respondents expressed the need for a place to learn, build friendships and to give back to the community. Thus, The Seniors Health & Active Retirement Project (SHARP) End was constituted in autumn 1995.

Roll on 27 years, and we continue to support adults over the age of 50 living in Hackney and adjoining boroughs.

Our objectives include:

  • prevention and reduction of disease.
  • identification and reduction of stress and the promotion of good mental health.
  • the combating of isolation and loneliness.
  • providing a resource to enable people to have fun.
  • supporting and empowering older people to improve the quality of their lives and specifically their health.

Fun fact:

Our oldest members is 96 years of age.

Those who have been attending The SHARP End, 4% of our members have been attending more than 20 years. On average, our members have been with us continuously for 12 years.

In 2019, 316 people took part in our activities, which consisted of 36 hours of weekly sessions, both internally, community based sessions, trips and socials.

The unprecedented lockdown in April 2020 meant that we quickly adopted virtual mode of operation, including our activities. Total of 249 individuals subscribed to our services since April 2020.

Oldest service user is 96 years of age, youngest aged 60.


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