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Age UK Devon offers a comprehensive Seated Exercise training package for individuals who want to deliver chair-based exercise sessions for groups of older people who have compromised mobility.

Our training covers:

  • Understanding the physical and psychological benefits of an exercise session for older people.
  • Learning how to plan an exercise session, including how to complete client and environment risk assessments.
  • Enhancing communication skills to meet the needs of older people with physical, sensory and cognitive impairment.
  • Being competent to facilitate a wide range of exercises including:
    • Warm up, cool down, mobility, stretching and resistance exercises.
    • Thera band exercises to enhance the core body through strengthening muscles.
    • Pelvic floor exercises to assist with continence concerns.
    • Sit to stand progressive exercises to aid strength, balance, mobility, and confidence.
    • Postural balance exercises to build strength and balance.
  • Understanding the benefits of record keeping and evaluating delivery of future sessions.

At the end of this course each participant will have a comprehensive understanding of the benefits of chair based exercises and be confident to plan and deliver sessions to individuals, or groups of older people. Participants receive a training pack which includes a training manual, stress ball, thera band, and bump ball.

The course can be delivered over one day, for between eight and 16 participants. Alternatively, it can be delivered virtually as two half day sessions for up to six participants.

For more information, please read our leaflet.

Feedback from participants:

"Age UK Devon delivered an engaging, fun training session, which covered everything we needed, I enjoyed the variety of exercises taught and the added use of equipment."

"The training was interactive with a chance to test out exercises and teaching. I loved the focus on everyday fitness and linking each exercise to daily activities."

Our Trainer

Lynne O'Donnell, our Active in Later Life Coordinator is a qualified Chair Based Exercise Instructor, an accredited trainer (Award in Education and Training), trained to deliver Maintenance Cognitive Stimulation Therapy and is qualified in first aid. She has worked with Age UK Devon since July 2023.

Training dates

Please find details below of our next training dates. 

  • Wednesday 14 August 2024 1.30pm - 5pm and Thursday 15 August 2024 9.30am - 12.30pm                                                                   Location: Virtual via Teams  Cost: Price on application


  • Wednesday 28 August 2024 1.30pm - 5pm and Thursday 29 August 2024 9.30am - 12.30pm                                                                   Location: Virtual via Teams  Cost: Price on application


  • Wednesday 11 September 2024 1.30pm - 5pm and 12 September 2024 9.30am - 12.30pm                                                                       Location: Virtual via Teams  Cost: Price on application


  • Wednesday 25 September 2024 1.30pm - 5pm and Thursday 26 September 2024 9.30am-12.30pm                                                       Location: Virtual via Teams  Cost: Price on application

If you are interested in booking a place on a session, please download and complete the booking form and return it to We will contact you as soon as dates are set to discuss your booking.