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Older people enjoying a Strong and Steady Class

Strong and Steady

Strong and Steady is a 12-week programme designed to encourage people to become more active and reduce the risk of trips and falls. Delivered by friendly, qualified instructors, the specialised programme aims to improve balance and strength, increasing confidence and improving ability in everyday tasks.


Where is Strong and Steady taking place?

District - Location

Venue

Day

Time

Cost

Contact Details

Craven - Settle

St Johns Methodist Church Hall, Church Street
Settle,
BD24 9RA

Mondays and Fridays

10.00am - 11.00am

11.15am - 12.15pm

12.45pm - 1.45pm

£5 per session

Sara Robinson
01729 823066
srobinson@ageuknorthcraven.org
Age UK North Craven
Cheapside
Settle
BD24 9EW

Hambleton - Great Ayton

Sessions postponed until further notice

Friends Meeting House
High Green
Great Ayton
TS9 6SA

Monday

11.30am - 12.30pm

£4 per session (includes free tea and coffee)

Guisborough

Sessions postponed until further notice

St Nicholas Church Hall
Bow Street
TS14 6BP

Tuesday

11.30am-12.30pm

£4.50 per session (includes free tea and coffee)

Hambleton - Northallerton

Sessions postponed until further notice

Northallerton Age UK Office,
1 Zetland Street,
Northallerton,
DL6 1NB

Monday

10.00am - 11.00am
11.20am - 12.20pm

£3 per session (includes free tea and coffee)

Hambleton - Thirsk

Sessions postponed until further notice

Shire House,
137 Long Street,
Thirsk,
YO7 1BB

Wednesday

2.00pm - 3.00pm

£3 per session (includes free tea and coffee)

Harrogate - Fairfax CC

Fairfax Community Centre,
Fairfax Avenue,
Harrogate,
HG2 7RU

Friday

11.30am - 12.15pm
12.30pm - 1.15pm

£4.20 per session (includes free tea and coffee)

Vicki Iwanuschak
Therapeutic Exercise Instructor
07961 070159
wishfitness@sky.com

Harrogate - Jennyfield Styan CC

Jennyfield Styan Community Centre,
Grantley Drive
Harrogate,
HG3 2XU

Monday

11.30am - 12.30pm

£4.20 per session (includes free tea and coffee)

Harriet Gatland
Harrogate Borough Council
Active Lifestyles Admin Support Officer
01423 556106

Harrogate - Knaresborough

Knaresborough Community Centre
Stockwell Avenue,
Knaresborough
HG5 0LG

Monday

11.00am - 12.00pm

£4.20 per session (includes free tea and coffee)

Harriet Gatland
Harrogate Borough Council
Active Lifestyles Admin Support Officer
01423 556106

Harrogate - Ripon

Hugh Ripley Hall
Skellbank,
Ripon
HG4 2PT

Friday

11.30am - 12.30pm

£4.20 per session (includes free tea and coffee)

Harriet Gatland
Harrogate Borough Council
Active Lifestyles Admin Support Officer
01423 556106

Richmondshire - Askrigg

The Wensleydale Centre, Yorebridge, Askrigg,
DL8 3BJ

Monday

11am-12pm

The Wensleydale Centre
Yorebridge
Askrigg
Leyburn
North Yorkshire
DL8 3BJ

Tel/Fax: 01969 650060
Mobile: 07968 606571

Richmondshire - Leyburn

Sessions postponed until further notice

Kirkwood Hall,
Harmby Road,
Leyburn,
DL8 5NS

Tuesday

10.00am - 11.00am

£3 per session

Ryedale - Malton

Sessions to Re-start mid November

Malton Community Sport Centre,
Broughton Road,
Malton,
YO17 7BP

Monday and Tuesday

4.00pm - 5.00pm

£3 per session (includes free tea and coffee)

Andy Massey
Sports Manager
01653 605365

Scarborough - Filey

Sessions postponed until further notice

Evron Centre,
John St,
Filey
YO14 9DW

Tuesday

12.30pm - 1.30pm

£3 per session

Pat Breman
07732 804805
pat@ageukscarborough.org
Age UK Scarborough and District
39 Aberdeen Walk
Scarborough
YO11 1BD

Scarborough - Scarborough Town Centre

Sessions postponed until further notice

The Street,
12 Lower Clark Street,
Scarborough,
YO12 7PW

Friday

10.00am - 11.00am

£3 per session

Pat Breman
07732 804805
pat@ageukscarborough.org
Age UK Scarborough and District
39 Aberdeen Walk
Scarborough
YO11 1BD

Scarborough - Whitby

Sessions to Re-start mid November

Whitby Leisure Centre,
West Cliff, Whitby,
North Yorkshire,
YO21 3HT

Tuesday

11.30am - 12.15pm

£2.50 per session

David Arundell
General Manager
Whitby Leisure Centre
t: 01947 604640

Selby - Selby Town Centre

Sessions postponed until further notice

Selby Leisure Centre,
Scott Road,
Selby,
YO8 4BL

Monday

11.00am - 12.00pm

£3 per session (includes free tea and coffee)

Selby - Sherburn in Elmet

Sessions postponed until further notice

The Old Girls School,
18 Kirkgate,
Sherburn in Elmet,

Friday

10.00am - 11.00am

£3 per session (includes free tea and coffee)

Selby - Tadcaster

Sessions postponed until further notice

The Barn,
Manor Farm,
St Josephs' Street,
Tadcaster,
LS24 9HA

Monday

11.00am - 12.00pm

£3 per session (includes free tea and coffee)


The Current Picture

Thirty percent of people aged over 65 and half of those over 80 are at risk of falling at least once a year. As well as injuries, people who fall can suffer a loss of confidence and fear of falling again, loss of mobility, an increase in dependency, hypothermia, pressure-related injuries and infection. More than 166,000 people in North Yorkshire reported doing less activity in 2015 than in the previous year, due to disability, injury or poor health. Nationally, physical inactivity is responsible for one in six deaths, which makes it as dangerous as smoking.


The Programme

Funded by North Yorkshire County Council's public health team and Stronger Communities programme, Strong and Steady will support older people in the county in accessing existing opportunities for physical activity and providing new tailored exercise and activity where needed. The main aim is to increase physical activity among people aged 65-plus to reduce falls, but through the use of trained instructors and partner organisations the classes are also expected to help to reduce loneliness and to improve mental wellbeing, as well as aiming to:

  • Reduce injury due to falls
  • Improve balance & strength
  • Increase confidence & independence
  • Improve ability in everyday tasks
  • Improve stamina & energy levels
  • Improve cognition

Who can attend?

People can be referred to classes by health professionals, including their GPs, physios, specialists or from other existing clinics or classes. People can also refer themselves and will be helped to find the most appropriate class for them.


Delivery

Sessions will provide information about related topics, such as healthy eating, winter warmth, exercise and how to prevent falls. The programme will be a mix of newly commissioned specialist classes and improving access to existing sessions, with people able to move between the two depending on their circumstances. These sessions will be delivered by appropriately qualified coaches (the Later Life Otago Exercise Leaders Award or equivalent will be the minimum operating requirement). These will be complemented with additional activities such as:

  • Chair based exercise and coordination
  • EXTEND exercise sessions
  • Tai Chi
  • 'Walking for Health' walks – gentle walks in the local area
  • Use of strength and balance exercise DVDs (e.g. Later Life resources)
  • Programme of exercises developed to do at home
  • Water-based programmes

The sessions will also include:

  • Advice and signposting to other services and help e.g. Warm and Well and social
  • groups.
  • At appropriate times to include the Warwick Edinburgh and Timed Up and Go
  • Test.
  • Time for socialising (e.g. having a cup of tea with other participants)

To refer yourself to your local group call the person in the Contact Details column above or contact North Yorkshire Sport on 01423 226303 or email info@northyorkshiresport.co.uk