What’s the benefit of being physically active? 

Physical activity is extremely important to health and well-being and can help in the prevention, treatment and management of a range of health problems, such as diabetes, high blood pressure, asthma, arthritis, obesity and many more conditions. Being active also improves feelings of well-being, boosts self-confidence, improves sleep and helps with stress management.  It’s a great way of meeting new people and having fun. The Staying Steady programme  and Tai Chi Classes will have an emphasis on helping participants reduce the likelihood of falls and to maintain independence.


Tea Dances

The Assembly holds weekly afternoon tea dances every Friday from 1pm until 3 p.m. at Deckham Village Hall.  £2 suggested donation per person, includes two hours of dancing and an afternoon tea.

Dances include a mixture of both sequence and ballroom.


Staying Steady

The ‘Staying Steady’ programme is  funded by Public Health in Gateshead and is suitable for anyone worried about their balance, has a fear of falling, or has had a fall. The programme is led by a Postural Stability Instructor and includes evidence-based exercises to help improve balance, strength, stamina and flexibility. The programme lasts for 20 weeks and at the end of the programme participants will have the opportunity to progress to other forms of community based activities.

Staying Steady Flyer

Tai Chi

Tai Chi, originally developed as a martial art combines deep breathing and relaxation with slow and gentle movements. Tai Chi can help to reduce stress, improve balance and can increase lower limb strength and is a good way to improve mobility. Courses currently run on Tuesdays -- please ring us on 0191 438 1721 for details.

Discover Health 50+

Are you interested in keeping fit and well, meeting new people, and trying a variety of activities?  Our Discover Health 50+ programme is designed to introduce participants to a variety of new experiences relating to wellness and wellbeing, including fitness taster sessions, walking groups, and cookery demonstrations.  If you would like to participate or would like to help shape the programme, please contact our Postural Stability and Wellbeing Coordinator, Nicola Bruce, on 0191 438 1721 or nicola@gatesheadopa.org.uk


Gentle Tai Chi Taster Sessions


September Taster Sessions