Charity gets funding for pilot project

Northumberland is one of only three counties in the country to receive Age UK funding to run a pilot project aimed at reducing the cost of falls among older people.

Called ‘Get Up and Go’, the programme will run for two years and focuses on helping people with balance problems aged over 50 who are at risk of or have had a fall.

Angie Patrick has been appointed to the role of posture and stability instructor.

Over the last four months she has undertaken intense training to pass her level 4 theory and practical exam.

Angie has learnt why people fall, about medication and the type of exercise that can be used to minimise the chances of falling including balance, strength and stability exercises.

Age UK Northumberland has now been able to secure a Balance Master for the gym

Angie said: “We anticipate the class and the Balance Master sessions will be popular.

“To take part in the classes or use the Balance Master you must be able to make your own way to the Round House in Ashington.”

Angie is running sessions on using it, and to book call (01670) 784800.