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Best Foot Forward is a programme which aims to help those aged 50+ maintain their strength and balance.

Most people don’t like to think about steps they can take to reduce the risk of having a serious fall. Even more, don’t think they are at risk at all – but the truth is that about a third of all people aged over 65 fall each year, with higher rates amongst those over 75.

And it’s not just those who are old or frail who are at risk. Even those who are confident of their capabilities may have a fall; perhaps as a result of side-effects from new tablets, because of poorly fitted shoes, due to problems with eyesight or by tripping over something in the home.

Regardless of a person’s current level of activity, Best Foot Forward has a range of activities to suit all abilities – with the goal of keeping local people aged 50+ active and independent.

We have a range of sessions available across Tameside. And if you attend eight Best Foot Forward Sessions, you’ll get your ninth free. Ask your instructor about the Best Foot Forward loyalty card.

FREE Strength and Balance Programme

Best Foot Forward: Strength & Balance is free for 10 weeks (thanks to funding from Tameside Council Public Health) and is delivered by a fully qualified instructor.

The exercises are shown to improve stability during standing, walking and other activities. You will learn specific exercises to improve balance, increase functional flexibility and strengthen muscles around the hips, knees and ankles.

Each session will start with a talk from a speaker on a range of topics that will interest participants. This will be followed by safe exercises from the Postural Stability Programme, aiming to minimise your risk of falling by improving your stability.

Best Foot Forward: Strength & Balance is a person-centred programme, meaning that we will take your individual needs and abilities into account to ensure you are able to gain the most from taking part. You’ll not only come away feeling more confident on your feet but the sessions are designed to be a fun opportunity to meet new people and improve your general wellbeing.

Contact us on the details below to find out how to get referred into the programme.

Tai Chi

Tai Chi combines deep breathing and relaxation with flowing movements. Originally developed as a martial art in 13th-century China, tai chi is today practised around the world as a health-promoting exercise.

The benefits of tai chi include:

  • Reduced stress
  • Improved posture
  • Improved balance and general mobility
  • Increased muscle strength in the legs
Session Times

Fridays, 1:30pm-2:30pm at our Independent Living Centre, 131 Katherine Street, Ashton-under-Lyne OL6 7AW

How much does it cost to attend?

The sessions are £5 to attend.

Chair-based Yoga

Yoga has been shown to improve overall health when practiced regularly as a lifestyle. With this in mind, it’s no surprise that it can therefore lend its benefits to those with mobility issues.

The benefits of the seated yoga session include:

  • Improved posture
  • Increased mobility
  • Building muscle strength 
  • Improved balance and flexibility
  • Improved circulation
  • Breathing techniques and relaxation
  • Better sleep and bone health
  • Ideal for those unable to get down and up off the floor
Session Times

Mondays 2:00 - 2:45pm at our Independent Living Centre, 131 Katherine Street, Ashton-under-Lyne OL6 7AW

How much does it cost to attend?

The sessions are £5 to attend.

Chair-based exercises

Chair-based Exercise sessions have been designed as ‘the next step’ following our Strength and Balance programme. Those who have not completed the previous programme are also able to take part if assessed by our trained staff as safe to do so.

Chair Based Exercises are a safe and effective chair based programme to help you maintain your strength and balance. These classes are for people with limited mobility and the sessions will help reduce joint pain, increase strength and mobility and improve stamina to make everyday tasks easier.  

The sessions are person-centred, meaning that we will take your individual needs and abilities into account to ensure you are able to gain the most from taking part. You’ll not only come away feeling more confident on your feet but the sessions are designed to be a fun opportunity to meet new people and improve your general wellbeing.

Session Times
  • Mondays, 11:00am-12.00pm 131 Katherine Street, Ashton-under-Lyne OL6 7AW
  • Thursdays, 1:30pm-3:00pm 131 Katherine Street, Ashton-under-Lyne OL6 7AW
How much does it cost to attend?

The sessions are free to Age UK Tameside Day Support members and are £5 to attend for members of the public.

Standing exercises

Standing Exercise (Otago) sessions have been designed as ‘the next step’ following our Strength and Balance and Chair Based Exercise programmes. Those who have not completed the previous programmes are also able to take part if assessed by our trained staff as safe to do so.

Standing Exercise (Otago) is a home exercise and small group programme to help prevent falls or injuries and improve cognition amongst people in later life.

The sessions are person-centred, meaning that we will take your individual needs and abilities into account to ensure you are able to gain the most from taking part. You’ll not only come away feeling more confident on your feet but the sessions are designed to be a fun opportunity to meet new people and improve your general wellbeing.

Session Times
  • Tuesdays 11:00am-12:00pm, Age UK Tameside, 31 Katherine Street, Ashton-under-Lyne OL6 7AW
  • Wednesdays 10:00am-11:30am, Haughton Green Children's Centre, Tatton Road, Denton M34 7PH
  • Thursdays10:00am-11.00pm, Age UK Tameside, 31 Katherine Street, Ashton-under-Lyne OL6 7AW
How much does it cost to attend?

The sessions are free to Age UK Tameside Day Support members and are £5 to attend for members of the public.

Dance sessions

Freedom to Dance is an interactive music and movement class - have a laugh, make friends and enjoy grooving to your favourite tunes.

As well as being lots of fun, the classes are a great way to stay active, and can help you maintain strength and balance.Freedom to Dance is for anyone who wants to keep active, or who enjoys music, movement, letting their hair down and making new friends!

What to expect

Classes are led by our team of fully trained wellbeing assistants. You’ll begin with a gentle warm-up, followed by a series of interactive dance activities, and a final cool-down session. From group games to independent dance-along songs, there’s something for everyone. The activities range in intensity, and are all fun and engaging – you won’t even notice you’re getting a workout as well!

Is it for me?

Whatever your musical taste or level of activity, we are sure you’ll have a great time. Whether you are looking to meet new people, keep active or boost your confidence, Freedom to Dance could be just the thing.

Session Time

Fridays: 11:00 am-12:00 pm at Age UK Tameside, 131 Katherine Street, Ashton-under-Lyne OL6 7AW

How much does it cost to attend?

The sessions are free to Age UK Tameside Day Support members and are £5 to attend for members of the public.

Walking Football

Walking Football is a great way to get out more, meet new people and feel better. There are sessions available across Tameside, organised by independent volunteers who are passionate about the game.

It's a slower version of the beautiful game, designed to help get gentlemen over 50 - particularly those who haven't exercised in some time - more active and involved. Most importantly, it's a great opportunity to be with the guys and have a laugh.

For more information and the latest session times click on the links below. Please note, the following sessions run independently of Age UK Tameside.

Slipper Soccer Sessions

The slowest, gentlest version of football, particularly suited to those with limited mobility

Mondays, 11am: Loxley House, Birch Lane, Dukinfield SK16 5AU

Walking Football Sessions

A relaxed game of football with no contact where players walk rather than run

  • Mondays, 11am: Curzon Ashton FC, Richmond Street, Ashton-under-Lyne OL7 9HG
  • Mondays, 6pm: Active Copley, Desmesne Drive Entrance, Stalybridge SK15 3ET
  • Tuesdays, 10am: Denton Youth FC, King Street, Denton M34 6PF
  • Thursday, 11am: Active Medlock, Gardenfold Way, Droylsden M43 7XU
  • Thursdays, 2pm: Glossopdale Community College, Newshaw Lane, Hadfield SK13 7DR
  • Fridays, 11am: Curzon Ashton FC, Richmond Street, Ashton-under-Lyne OL7 9HG

All of the sessions are designed to be fun and social, helping participants to meet new people as well. More sessions are being added all the time so do check back often to make sure your preferred session is still available. Please note that these sessions are now run independently of Age UK Tameside.

Here's how you can get in touch with Age UK Tameside.

Our main office:
131 Katherine Street, 
Ashton-under-Lyne, 
OL6 7AW 

Phone number: 0161 308 5000

Email: info@ageuktameside.com