Longer is a community based exercise programme for older people and
people with long term health conditions; since the beginning of lock
down we have been running classes on Zoom. The programme
provides safe, simple and effective evidence based exercise sessions
which facilitate ample
opportunities to also meet social and spiritual needs through a range of fun and exciting activities and
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 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 currently need some new exercise instructors
locally, and would be delighted to help caring people 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.