Keeping Well at Home (TV)

We are delighted to announce the launch of our new television programme, Keeping Well at Home! 

What is Keeping Well at Home?

It is more important than ever before that older people maintain their physical health.  We've seen some fantastic exercise programmes online (and have offered some ourselves!), but nearly one-third of over 65s do not have access to the Internet, which means they cannot take part in those classes.  We've teamed up with Tyne & Wear Local TV to offer daily evidence-based exercise classes which will be accessible to everyone with a television.  And while Keeping Well at Home classes are targeted at over 65s, we're sure they'll be beneficial to people of all ages.

From 29 June, you will be able to watch Keeping Well at Home on Freeview, Sky, and Virgin Media!  The programme will air several times each day and will feature a new round of exercises each day.  Each episode of Keeping Well at Home will last approximately four minutes.  During that time, instructors Emma and Richie will explain and demonstrate exercises you can do throughout the day.  The classes will also be available on our YouTube page.

Who are the instructors?

Keeping Well at Home features two instructors -- Emma McGlen and Richie Paxton.  Both are familiar faces around Gateshead and they have over three decades of combined experience in the health and fitness arena.  Emma and Richie are both fully qualified Level 4 Postural Stability Instructors.


Emma worked as an Occupational Therapy Technical Instructor for over 15 years and is now the director of Move to Improve, which offers a variety of fitness classes for over 50s in Gateshead.  Emma also owns pilates and yoga studios in Whickham and South Shields. 


Richie previously worked for the local authority as an Exercise Referral Instructor.  He now runs The LIFE Programme, a community interest company offering wellness classes for older people in Gateshead and Sunderland.  Richie also delivers our Staying Steady falls prevention programme, which is commissioned by the Newcastle Gateshead Clinical Commissioning Group.


Do I need special equipment to take part?  What if I haven't exercised in a while?

Emma and Richie will show you exercises which can be done in the comfort of your own home and you can do things at your own pace.  There is no need to purchase any equipment.  We do recommend that you have access to a sturdy chair for seated exercises and for support if you are unsure of your balance. 

Please wear comfortable clothing and appropriate footwear when you exercise.  It's also a good idea to keep a cool drink close by.

As with any fitness regimen, it is important that you speak to a health professional before taking part. 


How can I watch Keeping Well at Home?

Keeping Well at Home can be viewed on Tyne & Wear Local TV as part of the North East Live programme.  Tyne & Wear Local TV is available on Freeview (channel 7), Sky (channel 117), and Virgin Media (channel 159).

The programme will air Monday through Friday at the following times:

  • 6:07 (Freeview and Virgin Media)
  • 7:07 (Freeview and Virgin Media)
  • 8:07 (Freeview and Virgin Media)
  • 13:07 (Freeview and Virgin Media)
  • 13:37 (Freeview and Virgin Media)
  • 18:07 (Freeview and Virgin Media)
  • 19:07 (Freeview and Virgin Media)
  • 19:37 (Sky)

Viewers are encouraged to tune in on the hour or half hour in order to catch North East Live in full. 

Each episode of Keeping Well at Home will last approximately four minutes.  During that time, Emma and Richie will explain and demonstrate exercises you can do throughout the day.


What is Gateshead Older People's Assembly?

Gateshead Older People's Assembly is a charity.  We deliver and support activities designed to help over 50s in our borough maintain their health and independence.  Last year, we supported opportunities for older people to exercise, socialise, and learn in 18 of Gateshead's 22 wards and attendances at Assembly-supported classes totalled 28,411. We also publish an activities guide especially for older people in Gateshead (and will resume publication once everyone's activities are back up and running).

Your support helps to ensure we can deliver projects like Keeping Well at Home.


I would like more information or would like to share my thoughts about Keeping Well at Home.

We would love to hear from you!  If you would like more information about Gateshead Older People's Assembly, activities for older people in Gateshead, or would like to talk to us about the Keeping Well at Home programme, please feel free to give us a ring on 0191 438 1721.  You can also send us a message using our contact form