Hobbies and Activities

When it comes to groups, hobbies and activities, we try to be guided by you. We hope that we offer sessions that are a fair representation of what you and other local residents want to get involved in. Ranging from our long standing Choir and Sewing Bee groups, to the woodworking Men’s Shed, and recent additions such as our Gardening Club, Domino Club and the extremely popular Ukulele Group.

If you can’t find something that peaks your interest below, please get in touch as we want to hear from you! Contact us here.

Drop-in Sessions

Men’s Shed

It’s a place for men who enjoy fixing, making and re-using materials. Share tools, equipment, ideas and techniques with other guys with similar interests to yourself. Get working on projects of your own choosing, at your own pace or join in with community projects with others.

Monday, 1.00pm  – 3.00pm – Free

Starts 2nd September.

Ukulele Beginners

We’re told that the ukulele is a fun and easy instrument to learn. We don’t know about how easy, but fun is pretty much guaranteed! So why not pop by and give it a go? You can even borrow a ukulele if you don’t yet have your own.

2nd & 4th Wednesday of the month, 1.15pm – 2.00pm – £2

Ukulele Beginners +

A step on from the beginners group.

2nd & 4th Wednesday of the month, 2.30pm – 4.15pm – £3

Both sessions start 14th August.

Ukulele Improvers

We have quite a wide range of playing abilities in the group from improvers to seasoned players. Join the lively sessions which run every second and fourth Tuesday of each month, 10.00am – 12.00pm. Just £3 per session includes free use of ukuleles if you do not have your own.

Starts 13th August.

Art and Chat

If you’re looking for a relaxed welcoming environment to explore new forms of art, this is the group for you. Work on your own individual projects, or get involved in big pieces of work with others.

This course is a FREE course delivered by Adult Education in Gloucestershire.

Thursday 1.30pm – 3.30pm, term-time only– £1 optional donation requested by GL11 to help sustain the Hub.

12 week course, 16th January – 9th April, no session on 13th February.

Knit & Natter

Grab your wool and pop along to our Knit and Natter sessions for friendly chat and busy fingers over a cup of tea. Our knitters meet every second Tuesday of the month between 10.00am-12.00pm. Just £1 per session.

Starts 10th September.

Stitching Time

A drop in for all stitch-craft, including sewing and knitting – you can bring your own machines.

Thursdays, 10.00am – 3.00pm – £3 per session

Starts 15th August.

Sewing Bee

No matter what your ability, this friendly group will welcome you into the fold. Come along to gain inspiration, learn new techniques and swap patterns. Or alternatively have a cuppa, a slice of cake and a chat with likeminded people. Just £1 per session, running every fourth Tuesday of each month from 10.00am-12.00pm.

Starts 27th August.

GL11 Voices Choir

Our choir is made accessible to anyone who wants to sing. The atmosphere is deliberately informal, hopefully helping you feel welcome, supported and unpressurised. The main purpose of our choir is to sing for the sheer joy of singing! We’re always happy to welcome new members – we meet every Monday from 2.30pm – 4.30pm during term-time and it’s £3 per session.

Starts 9th September.

Designed for adults with learning disabilities


As the name suggests (and was chosen by the group themselves), these sessions are designed to enable adults with a learning disability to explore, not only the local surroundings, but new interests and activities too. The sessions can help develop independent living skills. They may lead to making new friends with similar interests to yourself. Or perhaps you will learn a new hobby and explore new things to do. But most of all, The Adventurers is simply about enjoyment.
Some activities include campfire cooking, creating artwork from forest scavenged materials, developing computer skills and trying a new form of exercise.

Tuesdays, 10.00am – 12.00pm / 1.00 – 3.00pm term-time only.

This course is a FREE course delivered by South Gloucestershire and Stroud College – £1 optional donation requested by GL11 to help sustain the Hub.

13 week courses start 14th January & 21st April.

The Explorers

Learn a range of fun, engaging arts and crafts to showcase your creative talent.

Tuesdays, 10.00am – 12.00pm, term time only – Free

14th January – 7th April, no session on 11th February

Gateway Award

To use the words of those in the know, from The Gateway Award themselves – “The Gateway Award is an activity award scheme which people with a learning disability, of any age or ability, can take part in. The award encourages people to gain new skills and experiences, become more independent, make friends, be active in the community and improve their health and wellbeing.”

There are three levels of the award; bronze, silver and gold. At each level you must complete one activity from each of the five sections below:

  • Hobbies
  • Volunteering
  • Fitness
  • Lifestyle
  • Gateway Challenge

There is no maximum timescale for completing the award but the minimum timescales are as follows:

  • Bronze – minimum of 6 months
  • Silver – minimum of 12 months
  • Gold – minimum of 18 months

On completion of each award you will receive a certificate and pin badge.

Wednesday, 10.00am – 2.00pm, term-time only.

This course is a FREE course delivered by South Gloucestershire and Stroud College. – £1 optional donation requested by GL11 to help sustain the Hub.

13 weeks courses start 2nd October, 15th January & 22nd April.

For further information take a look at The Gateway Award website here