Get Up and Go is part of a countywide falls prevention programme. It is for people with mild to moderate frailty and aims to improve mobility and reduce their fear of falling by increasing strength and balance.
Free classes form part of the iCAN programme’s offering and are accessible via referral from a health or care professional. Hosted by Northamptonshire Sport, they are delivered by a trained instructor from the county’s Supporting Independence Programme. Over time, it is hoped a new class will be set up in each district and there are currently three classes running:
- Corby – Hazelwood Neighbourhood Centre, Thursdays from 10.30am to 12.30pm
- Northampton – Delapre Abbey, Mondays from 10.30am to 12.30pm
- Wellingborough – Hindu Community Centre, Fridays from 10.30am to 12.30pm, starting 22nd October
The classes will run for 12 weeks, free of charge for people who have been assessed as eligible following referral from a health or care professional. Each session consists of 45 minutes of light exercise and a 30-minute educational talk from a supporting agency. This is followed by sharing lived experiences through peer support, helping individuals to age and live well.
Get Up and Go classes are closed groups, accepting a limited number of referrals and subject to eligibility criteria (Clinical Frailty Score 6 or below). People requiring assistance to attend because of a disability, memory deficit or anxiety issue can bring along a carer or relative to assist them during the class. To make a referral, follow this link. A member of the team will assess the referral and contact the participant to confirm their place in the classes or to discuss other options.
There are also open follow-up classes from Northamptonshire Sport for the Get Up and Go programme, aiming to provide the individual with another 12 weeks of strength and balance exercises in line with the evidence base to reduce falls. These cost approximately £5 per class and more details are available here.
Health and care professionals requiring further information about the Get Up and Go programme can contact Helen.Redwood@northnorthants.gov.uk or Paula.Love@nhft.nhs.uk.