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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

Extra Care Facility,
Limestone View,
Lower Greenfoot,
Settle,
BD24 9FH

Friday's (Starting 16/11/18)

10.15am - 11.45am

£5 per session (includes free tea and coffee)

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

Hambleton - Great Ayton

Friends Meeting House
High Green
Great Ayton
TS9 6SA

Monday's

11.00am - 12.00pm

£4 per session (includes free tea and coffee)

Adrian Lindop
01609 771624
adrian.lindop@ageuknyd.org.uk
Age UK North Yorkshire & Darlington
1 Zetland Street
Northallerton
DL6 1NB

Hambleton - Northallerton

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

Monday's

10.00am - 11.00am

£3 per session (includes free tea and coffee)

Adrian Lindop
01609 771624
adrian.lindop@ageuknyd.org.uk
Age UK North Yorkshire & Darlington
1 Zetland Street
Northallerton
DL6 1NB

Hambleton - Thirsk

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

Wednesday's

2.00pm - 3.00pm

£3 per session (includes free tea and coffee)

Adrian Lindop
01609 771624
adrian.lindop@ageuknyd.org.uk
Age UK North Yorkshire & Darlington
1 Zetland Street
Northallerton
DL6 1NB

Harrogate - Fairfax CC

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

Friday's

11.30am - 12.30pm

£4 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's

2.15pm – 3.45pm

£4 per session (includes free tea and coffee)

Ian Salvin
01423 500600 Ext. 58289
07525 988160
ian.salvin@harrogate.gov.uk
Harrogate Borough Council
Fairfax Community Centre
Fairfax Avenue
Harrogate
HG2 7RU

Harrogate - Knaresborough

Knaresborough Community Centre
Stockwell Avenue,
Knaresborough
HG5 0LG

Monday's

11.00am - 12.00pm

£4 per session (includes free tea and coffee)

Ian Salvin
01423 500600 Ext. 58289
07525 988160
ian.salvin@harrogate.gov.uk
Harrogate Borough Council
Fairfax Community Centre
Fairfax Avenue
Harrogate
HG2 7RU

Harrogate - Ripon

Ripon Cathedral Hall
High St Agnesgate
Ripon
HG4 1QR

Thursday's

4.00pm – 5.30pm

£4 per session (includes free tea and coffee)

Ian Salvin
01423 500600 Ext. 58289
07525 988160
ian.salvin@harrogate.gov.uk
Harrogate Borough Council
Fairfax Community Centre
Fairfax Avenue
Harrogate
HG2 7RU

Richmondshire - Catterick

The Bridge,
Shute Road,
Catterick Garrison,
DL9 4AF

Tuesday's

1.30pm - 2.30pm

£3 per session

Adrian Lindop
01609 771624
adrian.lindop@ageuknyd.org.uk
Age UK North Yorkshire & Darlington
1 Zetland Street
Northallerton
DL6 1NB

Richmondshire - Leyburn

Kirkwood Hall,
Harmby Road,
Leyburn,
DL8 5NS

Tuesday's

10.00am - 11.00am

£3 per session

Adrian Lindop
01609 771624
adrian.lindop@ageuknyd.org.uk
Age UK North Yorkshire & Darlington
1 Zetland Street
Northallerton
DL6 1NB

Ryedale - Malton

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

Friday's

10.00am - 11.00am

£3 per session (includes free tea and coffee)

Pat Breman
01723 379058
pat@ageukscarborough.org
Age UK Scarborough and District
39 Aberdeen Walk
Scarborough
YO11 1BD

Scarborough - Filey

Age UK,
17 Belle Vue Street,
Filey,
YO14 9HU

Tuesday's

2.00pm - 3.00pm

£3 per session

Pat Breman
01723 379058
pat@ageukscarborough.org
Age UK Scarborough and District
39 Aberdeen Walk
Scarborough
YO11 1BD

Scarborough - Scarborough Town Centre

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

Thursday's

2.00pm - 3.00pm

£3 per session

Pat Breman
01723 379058
pat@ageukscarborough.org
Age UK Scarborough and District
39 Aberdeen Walk
Scarborough
YO11 1BD

Scarborough - Whitby

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

Monday's

Thursday's

10.00am - 10.45am

3.00pm - 3.45pm

£2.50

Pat Breman
01723 379058
pat@ageukscarborough.org
Age UK Scarborough and District
39 Aberdeen Walk
Scarborough
YO11 1BD

Selby - Selby Town Centre

The Studio,
Selby Town Hall,
York Street,
Selby,
YO8 4AJ

Wednesday's

2.30pm - 3.30pm

£3 per session (includes free tea and coffee)

Vicky Harrison
01757 704115
vicky@ageukselby.co.uk
Age UK Selby
50 Micklegate
Selby
YO8 4EQ

Selby - Sherburn in Elmet

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

Friday's

10.00am - 11.00am

£3 per session (includes free tea and coffee)

Vicky Harrison
01757 704115
vicky@ageukselby.co.uk
Age UK Selby
50 Micklegate
Selby
YO8 4EQ


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