Join others living
By learning new things, taking exercise and making a social contribution.
Enjoy an active lifestyle and stay healthy
Empower yourself by learning something new
Give back to society and make a difference
We invite everyone to learn new things, to take exercise and to make a social contribution as an established recipe for good mental health and general wellbeing.
That’s why we run three life-enhancing challenges:
-“The All in One” for over-55s. Inspired by The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award it calls for achievements in learning, physical activity and social contribution
-“The Charities Challenge” for all ages to build community or for personal development and
-“The Loughborough Challenge” for those aged 25 to 54 who experience issues of mental health or of mental / physical / sensory impairment – accessible also through www.theloughboroughchallenge.org.
You can learn more about all of these challenges below.
Not challenge-minded? Not a problem. For those who don’t want to take part in a challenge we have also brought together multiple links to websites with ideas for:
- low-cost learning opportunities
- rewarding volunteer positions
- ideas and opportunities for physical activity.
Our growing collection of Members’ learning, volunteering and physical activity experiences will give you ideas and inspiration. We would truly appreciate your contribution.
Full Membership – linked to eligibility for The All in One – is for over-55s. Associate Membership – for anyone taking part in a Charities Challenge – is for people of any age without restriction. Loughborough Membership is for those who are taking part in The Loughborough Challenge. We are a not-for-profit organisation.
We are here for our Members. Please do register. There’s no cost. See what’s possible.
We offer three challenges:
The All In One
A challenge for over-55s based on the three elements of learning, staying active and making a social contribution. DofE is all about youth. This is our version for the over-55s – an all-round structure and motivation for fun and self-development with its related health benefits.
The Charities Challenge™
The Charities Challenge enables people of all ages (Members and non-Members alike) to build a community – even of friends and family – around their own challenge, publicise through us and receive Certificates of achievement. It’s suitable also for one-to-one working, with ultra-personal challenges and external accreditation.
For our Full Members (over 55) and our Loughborough Members we run our own “Home Charities Challenge” as a gentle version of The All in One / The Loughborough Challenge. It’s a great way to get yourself going – perhaps with friends?
Why not form a social group, design and run your own Charities Challenge?
The Loughborough Challenge
The Loughborough Challenge is for those aged 25 to 54 (so too young for The All in One) who self-identify as experiencing issues of mental health or of mental / physical / sensory impairment. The rules are identical to those of The All in One and so The Loughborough Challenge offers the same ideal structure and motivation for fun and self-development with its related health benefits.
“Bridge to Retirement”
We encourage employers to offer firm foundations for productive and healthy retirement. Please visit our “Bridge to Retirement” page to find out more.
We ask events organisers to encourage participation by people of all ages. We encourage inter-generational communities through The Charities Challenge. Inter-generational contact is good for us all.
The Challenge Hub can assist as a resource for Link Workers and as a support and motivator for the patients themselves.
There’s so much more
Once registered you will have access to the members’ area of the website – ‘My Hub‘.
See short stories by other members of their many and different learning, physical activity and volunteering experiences. Get ideas and be inspired. Add your own Hub Tale to inform and inspire others.
Members photo area
Share the moments which matter to you or which record your achievements. You will find our Members Photos site with an easy-to-use facility for uploading photos of your own experiences.
Just a Thought
Members can share absolutely any thought. If it’s suitable then we’ll “post” it on the “Just a Thought” page to inform, inspire or entertain other Members. Look out for this icon:
Pages of ideas and information
See our “Be Active”, “Learning” and “Social Contribution” pages for multiple links to those websites which offer learning, physical or social contribution activities.
Updates, articles and information of general interest with links to “Charities Challenge News” and to “Loughborough News”.
The Rules of The All in One and of The Loughborough Challenge
Allowing you to tailor and structure your own personal challenge.
Connecting with others
We have pages on LinkedIn, Facebook and Instagram which you can follow. We have a Facebook Group for members and non-members and would absolutely love to see you there if you are on Facebook. The Loughborough Challenge has its own Facebook and Instagram accounts.
The Challenge Hub
Membership expires automatically after three years but is extended to ten years for those who complete The All in One / The Loughborough Challenge within that time.
We are a not-for-profit organisation for the benefit of those who have registered with us. Registration brings no commitment of any sort and is free. There’s nothing to lose and lots you could gain. Please do join us.