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Providing telephone befriending with gentle seated exercise

Why Active Chats?

We are launching this new service in response to the social isolation and reduced physical activity some older people may experience due to the coronavirus restrictions. There is a wealth of fitness content online, but many older people don't have devices or, if they do, may not be comfortable using them in this way. Furthermore, prolonged isolation may cause malaise in this area that is so important to physical and mental wellbeing.

What is Active Chats?

This service matches isolated older people with trained telephone befrienders who will call up for a chat and to work through some gentle seated exercises. All exercises have been designed by a professional personal trainer and physiotherapist. The phonecalls are weekly and are social and friendly rather than telephone bootcamp! All movements are from a seated position to avoid falls risk and focus on moving all the major joint and muscle groups to promote mobility and reduce muscle wastage.

Who is suitable for this service?

The person must be over 60 years old and be at risk of reduced mobility due to being housebound.

Who are the Active Chat volunteers?

Our volunteers are carefully selected, police-checked and receive training from a professional personal trainer. They are also very friendly and chatty so great company for those who are socially isolated. If you would like to find out more about volunteering for this service contact or call 020 8877 8940. Full training and ongoing support is given. No fitness experience necessary!

Is this service free?

Yes! There is no charge but should you wish to make a donation to Age UK Wandsworth see details of the variety of ways on this site please click here. A donation will be gratefully received but it is not expected.

Do you know someone who would benefit from having Active Chats?

If you do, please call Sorrel Brown on 020 8877 8946 or email (working days 10-3 Tuesday and Thursday)
We also have a special service for older LGBTQ+ residents which is delivered by LGBTQ+ volunteers. To find out more click here.