Community Builder

Working with Harlow Seniors to reduce Loneliness and Social Isolation.

Rainbow’s Community Builder programme enables older residents in Harlow to identify issues that are affecting their lives and, with support, bring their ideas to life, get more involved in their community and solve their own problems. In order to tackle the issue of increased loneliness and Isolation, we support older residents to create and maintain weekly social and  activity hubs, and we organise special outings and events.  In addition, we open access to crucial health and wellbeing services and other community activities which would be of benefit.

Kelly, Jenny, Carol, Ron and Lucy work with communities to set up weekly social clubs across the town.  Each club meets for 2 hours where we get to meet new people, make new friends, sit and chat, play games and enjoy refreshments.

Upcoming Events


Christmas Parties, will be sold at clubs in the next few weeks for 4th, 7th and 12th December with singer Gary Benjafield.

Please contact Carol
07849 087790

Check our social media pages for pictures and taster of how the events run.

Twitter: @RainbowCommBuilder

Instagram: @rainbowcommunitybuilder 

Facebook: @RainbowCommunityBuilder

Recent Events

All of our events can only go ahead with the support of our wonderful volunteer team, the community rooms that we are able to hire and the donations from local business for funding and raffle prizes.

Christmas Ely Market, 17th November 2 coaches and a mini bus headed to Ely for the Christmas Market.  Hundreds of stalls to see with entrance into the Cathedral. It promised and delivered. We are all in Christmas spirit now.

Safe and Socials, 16th and 17th October at the GPCA, we shared information with our club members and friends about dementia and were to get help and information, along with a short seated exercise demonstration and food from Cjs fish and Chips and singers Thomas Huttlestone and Steve Dunnet did us proud.

Silver Sunday, celebrating older people across the country, we held our annual Silver Sunday afternoon tea with Singer Dean Gee at the GPCA,  our amazing volunteer team worked tirelessly to make all our guests happy and secure.

Cockney Knees up, Leah Manning hosted our Cockney Knees up with Pie & Mash lunch and our Cockney Singer Lisa Marie, this very jolly event went really well with lots of Dancing and Singing along and many, many laughs

Canal Trips,  We recently completed a week of daily canal boat trips with CanalAbility,  100 club members enjoyed a 4 hour trip along the river seeing new life and having lunch.  Overall a wonder experience, with thanks to funding from Essex Community Foundation-Harlow Recreation Trust Fund.


This is our Strength and Balance Course, which begins again on Thursday 11th January 24.  All start at 2pm in the Leah Manning Day Centre.

To see further details click here.

Please book with,
Ron 07918 605744


Next Goldies is Wednesday 13th December 1pm-2pm at a special venue of Harlow Town Library.


GOLDIES SING-A-LONG this will run the 2nd Wednesday every month, from Harlow Playhouse Theatre 2 any changes to that will be listed here.

Please contact Carol (Mondays and Tuesdays) for any further information.


Tech support is available,  contact us for more information and to register your interest. New monthly class starting in January.

Please book with,
Jenny 07849 087789 Or Carol 07849 087790


For information specifically for those with Dementia and their Carers visit our Community Builder (Dementia) page



To book or for more information about clubs.

Please contact,
Jenny 07849 087789


“Thank you for all you do for us - there’s no need to feel lonely.”