Sutton House's Young at Heart group

A hand-stitched sign welcoming visitors to Sutton House and Breaker's Yard

Our 'Young at Heart' over-55s group is an important part of Sutton House, and has been for over 20 years. Its members have helped to create many exhibitions and activities, as well as taking part in weekly activities like dancing, singing, creative writing and arts and crafts.

Formed after an intergenerational project between a local school and Hackney Caribbean Elders, the initial project worked to help people from a range of different social, cultural and economic backgrounds to enjoy and become a part of Sutton House. The short term project was so successful that the group became a permanent fixture, and is now open to anyone over 55 years old.

We usually meet for three terms a year, each of six or seven weeks, for a varied programme of activities and events, including African drumming, singing, dancing, life-drawing, creative writing, exercising, embroidering, collaging and zine- and print-making.

Become part of Young at Heart

If you wish to find out about joining our over-55s group, please contact us at


Margaret's story

Margaret has found somewhere she belongs. She and a group of keen dancers meet regularly at Sutton House in London to dance, socialise and stay connected. Though they might not be related, they are a family. Margaret reveals how her new friends are keeping her young.