Helping to reduce the risk of falling

Programmes to help to reduce the risk of falling for older people are launching in Telford and Wrekin next month.

Shropshire Rural Communities Charity (RCC) is hosting the ‘Functional Fitness MOTs’ between 9.30am and 2pm at The Anstice, Madeley, on Tuesday 2 November and Cosy Hall, Newport, on Saturday 20 November.

The events, which are open to anyone aged between 60 and 95, also support attendees to become or stay physically active.

Activities include one-to-one fitness tests measuring strength, balance, flexibility and stamina. There is also information on how to reduce the risk of falling, with a demonstration of how to get up from the floor after a fall, plus a free taster exercise class.

Shropshire RCC Development Officer Sara Edwards said: “We have held a number of Functional Fitness MOTs in Shropshire over the past few years and are thrilled to be able to bring them to Telford for the first time.

“We understand there may be people who have become less mobile and don’t feel as steady on their feet as they did before the pandemic, so we’re encouraging anyone who is looking for support and advice on how to reduce their risk of falling to get in touch and book a place.”

The events will be hosted with Covid precautions in place, including increased ventilation of the hall and spaced seating, while the fitness testers will be wearing visors and have use of their own testing equipment.

The Functional Fitness MOTs taking place in Telford and Wrekin are being supported by the Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust Charity and NHS Charities Together.

A further Functional Fitness MOT is taking place in Telford Town Centre on Thursday 9 December at Meeting Point House, with more events planned for the new year.

The programmes are free to attend, with the option to make a charitable donation to Shropshire RCC on the day.

Attendance is by appointment and booking is essential. For more information or to reserve your place, please contact Sara Edwards on sara.edwards@shropshire-rcc.org.uk or phone 01743 360641.

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