Regular Events










 Tai Chi  Wharfedale Court, Pool in Wharfedale 10am—11am


 Indoor Bowling

Methodist Church

10 - 11.30am

OAOP Choir

Otley Labour Rooms

11 - 12pm


Buffet Lunch and Quiz

12.30- 2.30pm

(4th Monday)

Lunch Club

Otley Methodist Church

12 - 2pm

Lunch Club

Pool in Wharfedale

12 - 2pm

Lunch Club

Otley Methodist Church

12 - 2pm


Monday Group Drives out & Lunches

(1st and 2nd Monday)




Group for the Blind

Cross Green

12 - 2pm

 Leg Club

1 - 3pm

Mums, Tots and Seniors

Over 60s Welfare Club

1.15 - 3pm

Friday Group

1 - 3 pm

Pub lunches



The Labour Rooms, Otley

2 - 3.15pm

 Art Class

Over 60’s Welfare Centre

2.30 - 4.30pm

Walking Netball

 Prince Henry’s Grammar

5.30 - 6.30pm


Otley Methodist Church

2 - 3pm

Zumba Gold

Otley Methodist Church

1.15 - 2.15pm

For further information or to come to an event, please contact us.

This does not include trips or outings that are advertised separately. Please contact us or see the Newsletter for details about these.

We are running a short 6 week walking football group and a 6 week Mindfulness group. Please contact the office for further information.

Further Details about Services

Tai Chi Classes


Tai Chi Chuan is suitable for people of any age or level of fitness and is known to be beneficial to physical and mental health and well being. It is proven to improve co-ordination and balance as well as help with joint mobility and flexibility. 

What happens in a Tai Chi Class?

A Tai Chi class normally begins with a series of exercises of different types:

  • Exercises to warm upand energise the body, which may sometimes include gentle stretching.
  • Exercises to relaxand calm the mind and bodyand help you to let go of any burdens you have been carrying around with you and begin the Tai Chi in a state of peaceful self-awareness.
  • Qigong (Chi Kung)exercises, both movements and stationary postures, sometimes associated with breath control and visualisations of energy flow around the body. 
  • Movements and postures to improve balance and co-ordination and help you to develop the Tai Chi sense. 
  • Sometimes a movement from the form (Tai Chi sequence) is repeated many times in the “warm ups” to allow you to become more familiar with it. 
  • There may also be breathing exercises and “silk reeling” exercises which enable you to begin to develop a sense of whole-body connection and internal power.

There are currently tai-chi classes available for older people in Otley and Pool in Wharfedale. The instructor is Colin Hamilton who is qualified to teach a full syllabus of Chinese Internal Martial Arts. Colin is also a qualified Fitness Instructor and Personal Trainer. BSc Hons Physiology, Post Grad Cert Ed.

The Otley classes have been running since April 2008 and are regularly attended by more than 25 members per session. The sessions are held at Otley Methodist Church every Thursday at 2.00 p.m.. The cost of the session is £4.00.

The Pool in Wharfedale class started in January 2011 and is held in the lounge at Wharfedale Court. Classes are every Monday morning starting at 10.00 a.m. The cost of the class is £4.00.

To book a place please contact the office.

Home Visiting Service


Our Social Inclusion Workers, Catherine Greenwood and Sarah McNab and our social work students are available to visit you at home and provide an assessment of your needs.  Catherine, Sarah and students will provide advice and information on any area of life that you may need assistance with. No problem is too large or too small. Past enquiries have covered areas such as finance, housing, pets, carers, utilities, family and much more. For confidential advice and information, a home visit can be arranged at your convenience.

For more information contact the office.

The Monday Group

Monday Group

The Monday Group as it is traditionally known is a Social Inclusion Group for isolated older people who are unable to get out of their own homes without door-to-door transport. 

The group meets every Monday afternoon for trips, outings, crafts and other activities.

This is a friendly group where many of the members have been attending for a number of years and it is not uncommon for close friendships to form with the individual members.



It’s eyes down look in every Monday afternoon for those with a love of bingo. Over 25 members currently attend the bingo at the Labour Rooms on a Monday afternoon. The session starts around 2pm and finishes around 3.15. This is cash bingo followed by a raffle.

Lunch Clubs

OAOP currently run three lunch clubs, two in Otley and one in Pool in Wharfedale. In both instances a hot nutritionally well balanced two-course meal with tea or coffee is served. The meal is served by a group of volunteers who enjoy working with older people and provide a welcoming environment to the regular attendees and newcomers. Transport is available for anyone who is unable to get to the clubs without assistance.

In Otley the Lunch Club on Tuesday is at the Over 60’s Welfare Club on Westgate and on Thursday Lunch Club is at Otley Methodist Church. Lunch is served at 12.30pm on both days.


In Pool in Wharfedale the Lunch Club is held at Pool Methodist Church and lunch is served every Wednesday at 12.30

Friday Social Activities Group

This group was developed as a men’s group, as it was clear that women historically made up the highest proportion of the existing groups and activities.  With this in mind we wanted to find out what the men would like to do and so set off to find out. Over the years the men have been to local museums, sailing, nature reserves, talks and speakers as well as bowling and trips out.

The Friday Social Group now tend to go out for lunches at local pubs and restaurants. Some women have also joined the group.

If you would like to attend please contact the office for a programme and to book a place.

Trips and outings


Throughout the year a full programme of trips and outings are on offer for our members to enjoy. These include half-day trips on one of our specially adapted minibuses with tail lift as well as coach trips for those who want to travel further a field. We aim to provide something for everyone and this includes meals out, shopping trips, drives in the country, market towns, stately homes, museums and much more. Our minibus trips provide door-to-door transport as well as volunteer escorts to ensure that passengers are looked after from the moment they are picked up to the moment they get home. Information about trips can be found in our newsletter, which is issued and posted to all members twice a year.

Zumba Gold

Zumba Gold is a dance style workout aimed at people over 60. The vibrant music and fun dance style make it an enjoyable way to keep fit and healthy. It introduces easy-to-follow choreography that focuses on balance, range of movement and coordination. It is held every Friday at the Methodist Church in Otley from 1:15 pm until 2:15pm. The class is £4 per person.