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Exercise for the Mind and Brain.

We host a variety of weekly activities and monthly group gatherings for you to take part in. You can choose what's right for you and join in, whether you want to stretch your muscles or your mind, we've got something for everyone.

Covid 19 - Keeping Everyone Safe at our Group Activities

Before attending a group/activity…..

  1. Have you booked your place and paid for your sessions? Please do not attend the group/activity if this is not the case - Only those who have booked in advance will be allowed to attend the group.

  2. Are you currently waiting for a test result? Please do not attend the group/activity if this is the case

  3. Do you currently feel unwell? - Headaches, temperature, aches and pains. Please do not attend the group/activity if this is the case

  4. Are you happy to sit in a room with others?

Covid procedures in place until further notice:

  • Face coverings must be worn in and around the building but can be removed once in participating in an activity
  • Please adhere to rules and regulations of the venue
  • If your group or activity requires the use of equipment or involves coming into close contact with other people, we will work with the volunteers, sessional workers and venues as to how we can do this safely. This will be explained at the group.
  • Please do not arrive more than 5 minutes before the class is due to start
  • Customers to do Lateral Flow Tests ahead of each group session

You can order tests to be delivered to your home or pick them up from your local pharmacy. https://www.gov.uk/order-coronavirus-rapid-lateral-flow-tests . It only takes a few minutes to take the sample for the test and then up to 15-30 minutes for the result. Detailed instructions on how to do the test are provided.

  • Refreshments - We are currently unable to provide refreshments at any of our groups or activities until we feel it safe to do so again, therefore customers will need to bring their own. Please feel free to bring hot or cold drinks and snacks.

Content updated 18th January 2022

Group Booking Arrangements

Booking and Payment system

As we continue to maintain social distancing at our groups this may have affected how many people can attend a group safely in the space provided.

In most cases*, you will now need to book and pay for your place in advance in a 6 week block of sessions  – you will no longer be able to turn up and pay on the day.

To book places you will need to contact Age UK North Tyneside who will manage all bookings.

*Please note – 6 week block bookings won’t apply to all social groups – please see the 'Starting dates....' information below for the relevant booking pattern.

How to book and pay;

Please consult the 'Starting Dates.......... ' section below to see when your group will start, and the date from when you can book for the first 6 week block. Please only call to make your booking on the date listed as we are not able to take names before this date.

To book your place please;

  1. Call 0191 2877012 or 0191 2877027 to book your place with a member of the community services team.
  2. We will then ask you to call our Finance team to make payment – 0191 2877010.
  3. Don’t worry if you can’t get through to Finance straight away, your place is guaranteed once you have spoken to a member of the Community Development team.

Bookings will be made on a first come first served basis.

Once all the places have been booked names will be added to a waiting list in case of cancellations.

We are only able to make refunds in exceptional circumstances, such as illness or injury, we will transfer a booking or issue refunds if someone is not able to attend a number of the 6 weeks in a block. If we have to cancel a session a refund will be made or credit issued for a future session.

We had hoped at this stage to be able to increase group numbers, continue to ease our Covid procedures and be in a better position to offer a new booking and payment process. Unfortunately due to the recent developments with Covid and the new variant this has forced us to reassess our plans which we will regularly review.

Session prices

Due to a number of factors including changes as a result of Covid 19, venue fees, sessional worker fees, staff costs, reduced numbers and the need to standardise prices across all groups, we have introduced new standard prices which are as follows.

  • All physical activity groups - £3.50 per session, £21 for 6 weeks
  • Improving Strength and Balance - £5 per session, £30 for 6 weeks
  • All social groups - £2.60 per session

We appreciate this may mean an increase to session costs but this is a step we feel we need to take in order to ensure the longevity of our groups and make them financially sustainable well into the future.

Content updated 18th January 2022

Keeping Fit

Please choose which class you think best fits your needs:

  • Seated Exercise – on Thursdays at 11:30am-12:30pm at Linskill Centre, Linskill Terrace, North Shields NE30 2AY with Bob.
  • Gentle Exercise -  Thursdays 2 to 3pm at Whitley Bay, St Pauls Church Hall, Whitley Road with Maureen.
  • Gentle Circuits – Fridays  11am-12pm at West Moor Community Centre, Benton Ln, Newcastle upon Tyne NE12 7NP with Norma.
  • Improving Strength and Balance Level 1*  –  2pm Wednesdays at Linskill Centre, Linskill Terrace, North Shields NE30 2AY with Iwona.
  • Improving Strength and Balance Level 2* – 3:30 pm Wednesdays at Linskill Centre, Linskill Terrace, North Shields NE30 2AY with Iwona.
  • Fit as a Fiddle (Zoom)
    For those of you who are not yet ready for group activities and would prefer online sessions using Zoom.
    • Level 1 * at 3.30 pm 
    • Level 2 ** at 2 pm 

*  Level 1 - a low to medium intensity class for those who want to improve their strength, balance and confidence being on their feet. The class is mostly chair based with some standing options. Participants should be able to sit upright independently for 10 minutes.

** Level 2 -  a medium to increased intensity class for those who want to get active and improve the quality of their life. Participants should feel fairly confident on their feet and be able to complete standing exercises for a minimum of 5 minutes (with a chair for confidence if necessary).

Tai Chi

Gentle exercise to strengthen muscles, improve circulation & posture, relax mind & body

  • Whitley Bay at Foxhunters Pavillion, Rake Lane, North Shields, NE29 9QA on Mondays from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM. 
  • North Shields with Dave Robinson at Tyne Youth and Community Centre, starting Monday 24th January from 1-2pm 

  • Wallsend with Steve Oliver at Family Gateway Howdon Hub, starting Monday 24th January from 2:30-3:30pm

Yoga and Relaxation

Exercise to relax mind & body

Forest Hall at Springfield Community Centre, NE12 9AG on Wednesdays from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM.

Walking Football

Learn new football skills and improve your fitness levels then put these skills into practice with small-sided Walking Football games.

  • Indoor - Mixed Walking Football Skills at Blue Flames Club, Whitley Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE12 9SF. Thursdays, 10.30am to 11:30am. More details
  • Indoor - Women Only Walking Football Skills at Linskill Centre, Linskill Terrace, North Shields, NE30 2AY. Wednesdays, 10am to 11am. More details

Starting Dates and Start-of-Booking Dates for Jan 2022 groups

Group

Start Date

Booking Date

Spaces

Cost for 6 sessions

Whitley Bay Tai Chi

10th

4th

20

£21

Yoga

12th

4th

12

£21

North Shields Seated Exercise

13th

4th

15

£21

West Moor Gentle Circuits

14th

5th

15

£21

Walking Football (Women Only)

12th

5th

N/A

£21

Walking Football (Mixed)

13th

5th

N/A

£21

Whitley Bay Gentle Exercise

13th

6th

12

£21

Improving Strength and Balance – 2pm (Level 1)

19th

10th

10

£30

Improving Strength and Balance – 3:30pm (Level 2)

19th

10th

10

£30

Fit as a Fiddle (Zoom)– 2pm (Level 2)

20th

10th

N/A

£21

Fit as a Fiddle (Zoom)  – 3:30pm (Level 1)

20th

10th

N/A

£21

Latest additions:

Group

Start Date

Venue

Cost

(per session)

Spaces available

6 week blocks

Booking date

North Shields Tai Chi

 

Monday 24th January

1-2pm

Tyne Youth and Community Centre

£3.50

15

24th January –28th February

17th January

7th March – 11th April

21st February

Wallsend Tai Chi

 

Monday 24th January

2:30-3:30pm

Family Gateway Howdon Hub

£3.50

15

24th January –28th February

17th January

7th March – 11th April

21st February

Maybe you want to take part in physical activity, but don't feel up to it? Our Active Age Service could give you the support and advice you need.

  • If you have been physically active in the past
  • Would like to get active again and might need support, advice or motivation to get going
  • Are less active now because you have had changes in your life that make getting going again difficult

There are more details on our Active Age Service page or

Contact Us

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