A 6-week course for over 65’s
The CST Today, utilised Find Your Active funding to deliver a 6-week course of easy seated exercise to music for the over 65s.
Sessions consisted of an 1 hour of activity including a warm up, mobility movement, pulse raisers and muscle strengthening exercises, followed by refreshments to encourage socialising.
Initially set up to encourage residents to get moving after the Covid-19 pandemic, the CST Today hoped that these classes would bring the community together, reduce social isolation and strengthen muscles for improved balance.
Strength and balance groups like these, help with increased mobility issues as residents get older, and ensure day-to-day tasks can still be completed.
Delivered in Hatfield Heath and the surrounding area, the 6 sessions have formed friendships, which has helped lead to sustained behaviour change as a key motivator. As a result of these classes, other organisations such as warm spaces, have opened in the adjoining room, to offer lunch and a chat after class.
It's important to take time to reflect and understand the learnings from work undertaken, in order to focus on ways to improve in the future.
Service like these are important for the older residents in the community
To sustain this project, Active Essex must provide support - funding or another route