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About the service

We promote both physical and mental health and wellbeing and support older people to remain independent for longer by helping them to stay fit and active in later life.

Making ageing a positive experience

Our Fitness and Friendship team work to promote the health and well-being of those in our community by:

  • Offering support and advice on the value of exercise and activity to those making general enquiries
  • Developing tools and resources to help keep you active and independent in your own home
  • Providing free information guides from Age UK on elements of healthy ageing.  You can download these below. 

Our Fitness & Friendship Clubs

  • Online Zoom Club

    We're running an online Fitness & Friendship Club on Zoom for those people who'd like to keep active but can't get to one of our other venues. 

    The sessions will include: 

    • Welcome & Intro
    • 30 mins of gentle, beneficial & FUN exercises
    • Short break for refreshments & chat 
    • Quiz
    • End with a short Tai Chi (Qi Gong Shibashi) session
    • Feedback & question time

    Dates are:  Thurs 3rd June, Thurs 17th June, Thurs 1st July, Thurs 15th July & Thurs 29th July from 1:30pm - 3pm

    We would love to see you there!

    Please contact Tracey Jones to confirm your interest
    tracey.jones@ageukwiltshire.org.uk

  • In Person Clubs

    Our popular Fitness & Friendship Clubs will start to re-open after 21st June.  The first clubs to open will be Corsham, Devizes, Ludgershall, Melksham and Devizes. 

    The Clubs provide a great opportunity for older adults to socialise and stay active.  Each meeting includes gentle exercise to help maintain strength, balance and flexibility.

    There’s also lots of time to enjoy chatting over refreshments.

    For more information about the Clubs, details of current locations and how to join please go to:

    Fitness & Friendship Clubs

    For general enquiries about our Fitness & Friendship service please contact Carole Ostaszewska at:

    carole.ostazewska@ageukwiltshire.org.uk 

Join our team of Fitness & Friendship volunteers

We're looking for people to join us and lead or help at one of our growing network of Fitness & Friendship Clubs.

Activities of the Month - Olympic Special!

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Exercising at Home

To keep you fit and active our partners have created some short exercise videos and a downloadable guide to help you get started.

Not all the routines will be suitable if you have health conditions or joint problems so please only do what is comfortable for you.  If you are unsure or would like a regular call from one of our trained Fitness Instructors please contact us.

If you have not been a regular member at one of our Fitness and Friendship clubs, please check with your GP before starting an exercise programme.

Other Useful Information

Useful information guides

Age UK produce a range of useful information guides and factsheets that can be viewed and downloaded from the Age UK website. In particular there are information booklets on elements of healthy ageing including:

Healthy Living

Staying Steady

Bladder and Bowel Problems

Home Safety Checker

All Age UK guides and factsheets

Alternatively you can order hard copies by phoning Age UK's national advice line on 0800 169 65 65.

This service is supported by Sport England and Wiltshire and Swindon Sport

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