Longer is a community based programme which aims to help enrich the
lives of older people by meeting social, physical and spiritual needs.
The Y4L programme revolves around the provision of safe, simple and
effective evidence based exercise classes which provide ample opportunities
for a range of fun and exciting activities and events which facilitate social interaction.
Beryl 83 years, "Younger
Longer … the difference this makes to one’s life is amazing.
Carry on the good work!"
Shirley aged 78 years says, "I feel so isolated where I live, Younger
Longer is my weekly lifeline."
Gordon aged 89 years says, "I wouldn't miss it for the world - my
balance and leg strength have improved beyond recognition."
In the beginning we started with just two groups, but very quickly the number of classes in the programme increased from 2 to 16,
totalling 321 participants, 88% of whom have continued attending long
term. We have added to our programme and now have 26 open
exercise classes taking place in 7 churches and 5 community halls across Dorset where we are helping
hundreds of older people to stay safe, strong and independent.
In order to achieve this success a comprehensive training course was developed
and run by
highly qualified health and fitness professionals which provides all the
knowledge and skills required to become a Younger
Longer leader. We would be delighted to help churches in other
areas to set up similar programmes and
can assist with the required training where necessary. If
you would like details of the training please do get in touch.
Demonstrating that the course is of the
highest standard, that it has been peer reviewed, that it is up to date and
promotes best practice, accreditation by
Royal College of Nursing
has been sought and achieved since 2010.