Falls Prevention Classes (Staying Steady and Tai Chi)

Falls and falls-related injuries are serious issues for older people.  In fact, over 30% of people over 65 experience a fall each year.  For people over 80, that percentage rises to over 50%!  It is extremely important, therefore, to take part in evidence-based exercises designed to prevent falls.

Staying Steady

Gateshead Older People's Assembly is commissioned by Newcastle Gateshead Clinical Commissioning Group to deliver evidence-based falls prevention exercises within the borough of Gateshead.  Our programme, Staying Steady, lasts for 20 weeks, with new cohorts starting each spring and autumn.  The classes last approximately 1 1/2 hours and are made of up an exercise class followed by an education session.  We are currently delivering Staying Steady classes in the following areas:

  • Blaydon
  • Rowlands Gill
  • Deckham
  • Low Fell
  • Whickham 

If you have recently suffered a fall or are worried about falling, Staying Steady classes are designed especially for you.  New participants can join the programme through week 6.  After that, you'll be added to the list for the next cohort.  Staying Steady classes are FREE and spaces are limited, so please do reserve your place early by ringing 0191 438 1721.


Tai Chi

If you would like to improve or maintain your balance and confidence, Tai Chi is an excellent evidence-based exercise.  The following classes are led by Dave, who has been studying Tai Chi since 1996 and teaching since 2004.  These classes are £3 per session:

  • Deckham Village Hall (Tuesdays, 10:30-11:30 and 11:45-12:45)
  • St. Paul's Church Hall, Winlaton (Tuesdays, 1:30-2:30 and 2:45-3:45)
  • Pelaw Community Bowls Club (Fridays, 11:45-12:45)

There's no need to book ahead -- simply pop along on the day.  Please bring a bottle of water and wear comfortable clothing.  For more information, please ring us on 0191 438 1721.


Strength and Balance Classes with Move to Improve

If you would like to attend a gentle exercise class before your Staying Steady classes start, why not try a Strength and Balance class?  These classes can be done seated or standing and are led by Emma, a qualified Occupational Therapist and Postural Stability Instructor.  They'll keep you moving and will help you build your confidence in the meantime.   £3.80 per session.

  • Deckham Village Hall (Mondays, 11-11:45)
  • FACT, Denise Robertson House, Swalwell (Mondays, 12:10-12:55 and 12:55-1:40)
  • St. Mary's, Church Chare, Whickham (Mondays, 2-2:45)
  • Sunniside Methodist Church (Tuesdays from 7/1/20, 11:30-12:15, FREE through 10/3/20)
  • Chopwell Methodist Church (Thursdays, 10-10:45)

 There's no need to book your place on these classes.  Please bring a bottle of water and wear something comfortable.  For more information, please ring Emma on 07963 048179.