Free online exercise classes reach more residents

  • Post last modified:11 April 2024

A free community exercise programme designed to prevent falls has expanded its online service in a bid to reach more people during the coronavirus pandemic.

The Fit4All programme, funded by Telford and Wrekin NHS Clinical Commission Group, is delivering weekly videos which mirror the activities it would usually have included in its face-to-face Shropshire classes.

Programme co-ordinator Jude Bailey said: “The sessions are available for those who register in advance, and even though 60% of participants have access to IT, there will be supplementary paper exercise leaflets available for anyone who is not online.

“Our aim is to help elderly people who are at risk of falling to get more active at home – and this in turn, will help to reduce their risk.

“The online classes are designed to improve mobility, balance, strength and flexibility, to help improve people’s physical health, and maintain the participants’ independence – and just as it was in our face-to-face classes, safety is key.”

Fit4All was initially established as an exercise and health improvement service in Telford and Wrekin.

The team includes highly-qualified and experienced instructors and exercise and health professionals with many years’ experience in the industry, including working in the NHS.

The 20-week programme specialises in falls prevention in the Telford area. Classes include a range of seated exercises, with some stability exercises which may include some supported and unsupported standing exercises, and the exercises are wheelchair-friendly.

To access the course, referrals can be made by a GP, local health and social and voluntary sector representatives, or by self-referral as long as you meet the required criteria.