In June, Integrated Care Across Northamptonshire (iCAN) hosted the first class of its new Get Up and Go programme, helping to improve people’s strength, balance and confidence – and reduce the risk of falls.
Get Up and Go is part of a countywide falls prevention programme, which aims to support people with mild to moderate frailty to improve their mobility and reduce their fear of falling. Classes form part of a collaborative effort between iCAN and Northamptonshire Sport, and are delivered by a specialist instructor from the Supporting Independence programme.
The first Get Up and Go class took place at Corby’s Hazelwood Community Centre on Thursday 24 June. The series of classes is initially set to run for 12 weeks and attendance is free of charge for participants. Each weekly session comprises 45 minutes of light exercise, a 30-minute talk, plus an eating and drinking session that enables people to receive peer support as they share experiences. A supporting agency also provides an educational presentation.
Each Get Up and Go class accepts a limited number of referrals from external agencies, subject to eligibility criteria. An online form is available on the Northamptonshire Sport website, and each referral is assessed by a member of the Get Up and Go team. They will then contact the prospective participant to discuss their recommendation, either confirming their place within the classes or discussing appropriate alternatives.
Anyone who would like to find out more about Get Up and Go can go along to an upcoming session taking place on Thursday 15 July and Thursday 22 July at 10.30am at Hazelwood Community Centre, Gainsborough Road, Gainsborough Road, Corby, NN18 0QF.
The sessions will include a 15-minute talk introducing the aims of the class and the referral criteria, followed by 45 minutes of light exercise,
a 30-minute presentation from a supporting agency and a catch-up with a hot drink. Attendees are welcome to stay for as long as they wish.
To attend one of the upcoming sessions, please contact Helen Redwood by emailing Helen.Redwood@northnorthants.gov.uk.
For more information about Get Up and Go, please contact Fraser Lodge at Northamptonshire Sport by emailing Fraser.Lodge@northamptonshiresport.org.
All Get Up and Go sessions adhere to current COVID guidelines.