We provide practical advice to help prevent falls among older people in Derbyshire.
"The help and support I have had through the SNF community classes has given me my independence back. We have fun at the classes and the exercises have helped me walk with just my walking stick."
About the Falls Prevention Service in Derbyshire
The Falls Prevention service is funded by Derbyshire County Council – delivered by Age UK Derby and Derbyshire working in partnership with Derbyshire Community Health Services (DCHS).
“Strictly No Falling” brings together Derby and Derbyshire health and social care organisations that aim to reduce falls in older people. Adult care, NHS, Leisure services the voluntary sector and housing associations provide a range of activities, services and information to help people improve their mobility, strength and balance and reduce their risk of falling
photo (c) Brett Trafford Photography 2018
Watch the Strictly No Falling film which shows how the service can make a difference.
Who is it for?
The falls prevention service is for all older people who are at risk of falls.
Our service is also for older people who have fallen and need some support to develop better mobility.
What do we offer?
- Falls Prevention information
- Advice on how to access “Strictly No Falling” accredited falls prevention classes
- Falls Awareness Days
What are the benefits?
- Improved physical ability
- Raised Falls awareness
- Reduced risk of hip fractures
- Strength and balance improved
- Reduced need for long term care and support
- Raised awareness of personal safety at home
- More independence and improved quality of life
Who can use the service?
Anyone can refer themselves for the falls prevention service. Referrals are also encouraged from GPs or A&E departments.
How much does it cost?
The classes are run by independent instructors therefore charges may vary.
Download the Age UK Strength and Balance Exercise Guide
Or visit https://fallsassistant.org.uk/exercise-centre/ for some video guides
How do I find out more?
For more information about activities in your area which can help to improve your strength and balance visit:
For further information, please contact the Falls Prevention Service Advisor for this area:
Name: Jo Briggs
Mobile: 07837 277252
Getting it right for you
We believe you deserve the best possible service and if that has been your experience, please let us know. If you feel our service has failed to meet the high standards you deserve and should expect please make a complaint. We welcome complaints which can help us learn and improvements can help reward good work and encourage others to strive for the best performance.
To make a complaint or compliment contact: Katy Pugh, Chief Executive, Age UK Derby and Derbyshire, 29A Market Place, Heanor, Derbyshire. DE75 7EG
If you have any concerns about whether an older person, or yourself, is being abused or neglected, please see our safeguarding adults page for help. We are committed to preventing the abuse and neglect of vulnerable adults.
Malnutrition in older people
One in ten people aged over 65 in the UK (1.3 million) is malnourished or at risk of malnutrition. Launching on the International Day of Older Persons, the first ever UK Malnutrition Awareness Week seeks to raise awareness of the ‘hidden’ problem of malnutrition in older people.
If you are worried about an older relative, friend or neighbour, have a conversation with them about their food intake and appetite.