Roy’s recreational retirement

1 Feb, 2017

Bridgend resident Roy Thomas has found a new lease of life in retirement, using the local library and leisure facilities to learn new skills and keep active.

On retiring, Roy decided that he was going to embrace the digital era and took advantage of the Learn direct digital sessions at Sarn library. Through the courses Roy has developed skills in using applications such as PowerPoint, Excel and Publisher and has gained confidence in communicating online.

Next on Roy’s ‘to do list’ in retirement was to get fitter, and he began to regularly visit his local Halo Leisure facility, Bridgend Life Centre, to use the gym and pool and to access classes such as Group Cycling (Spinning) and Pilates.

Three years into retirement, Roy completed the Cardiff Half Marathon, raising money for the Y Bwythin Newydd Ward at the Princess of Wales Hospital in Bridgend. Additionally, Roy has since taken part in a Spinathon at Bridgend Life Centre, raising more funds for the Y Bwthin Newydd Ward, which helps people with cancer and their families.

By taking part in various activities at Bridgend Life Centre, formerly known as Bridgend Recreation Centre, Roy has increased his fitness, achieved lifelong ambitions and met new friends. The theory that people should retire to slow down and do less has certainly been flipped on its head in Roy’s case – instead he is using it as an opportunity to do all the things he couldn’t fit in while working as an engineer for over 40 years!

Joining a local leisure centre can be a great way to meet people, create new social groups and help you keep active. Some people who have been inactive for a long period may feel apprehensive about visiting a leisure centre full of ‘fit’ people, but as Roy found out, it was easy join in with others and there is something for people of all abilities within Bridgend County Borough’s leisure services.

Latest article

Ageing well in Bridgend

20 Oct, 2022

Read Ageing well in Bridgend >>

  • Local and national support organisations

    Organisation Contact number Website
    Age Cymru 08000 223 444 Age Cymru
    Ageing Well in Wales 02920 445030 Ageing Well in Wales
    Alzheimers Society 0300 222 1122 Alzheimers Society
    Age connects morgannwg 01443 490650 Age connects morgannwg
    Older people’s commisioner for Wales 08442 640670 Older people's commisioner for Wales
    Welsh Local Government Association 029 2046 8600 Welsh Local Government Association
    Bridgend County Care and Repair 01656 646755 Bridgend County Care and Repair
    Bridges into Work 2 01656 815317
    Communities First Bridgend 01656 642605 Communities First Bridgend
    Careers Wales 0800 028 4844 Careers Wales
    Adult Community Learning 01656 642729
    BAVO 01656 810400 BAVO
    Local Community Coordinators 07815 579082 Local Community Coordinators