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Age UK and staying active for longer

Age uk  1It’s really important to exercise and stay physically active as you get older. Age UK have tips and advice on keeping fit and how to stay active as you get older. WASP are pleased to be working with Age UK Wiltshire to recruit and train leaders for their Fitness and Friendship clubs.

Current government guidelines recommend that older people aged 65 or over, who are generally fit and have no health conditions that limit their mobility, do 2.5 hours of moderate aerobic exercise a week. This could include brisk walking, ballroom dancing or even chair-based exercises.

  • Falls prevention - There are lots of simple things that you can do to help you stay steady on your feet.
  • Walking tips - Taking regular exercise is especially important as we get older and our metabolism slows down.
  • Fitter feet - We only get one pair of feet so it’s important to take good care of them.
  • Exercise to suit you - There are so many types of exercise to choose from to hit your fitness goals.
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We help more than 7m people every year, providing companionship, advice and support for older people who need it most. It's only with your help that we can continue to make a difference.

Fitness and friendship clubs 


We will train you, free of charge, to be a LIFT (low impact functional training) leader.  This will give you all the necessary skills to run a club that helps to keep older people active, healthy, happy and involved in their community.  You will become part of a caring and dynamic team of staff and volunteers within Age UK Wiltshire.

Age UK Wiltshire Volunteer Training Bursary

FF12You will find enclosed a copy of the application form and also terms and conditions of the bursary.

Funding aims:

The aim of the bursary scheme is to assist with increasing capacity within our Fitness and Friendship clubs for older people by providing an increase in the number of qualified physical activity leaders/club organisers within Wiltshire & Swindon. 

Who can apply?

Any individual who wants to gain a recognised qualification in physical activity for older people and is willing to commit 2/3 hours a fortnight of their own time to run a local Fitness and Friendship club, with on-going support from Age UK Wiltshire’s Active Ageing Team. Applicants should be resident in Wiltshire or Swindon and be using their qualification within the county.

Resources and Support

We will fund the cost of a 4 day L.I.F.T course (Low Impact Functional Training £350 + VAT) Emergency First Aid, Insurance and ongoing CPD. You will receive a training manual and resources required for running a club and at least 6 weeks of on the job training with the Active Ageing staff. If you require any support in completing your application please do not hesitate to contact myself or my colleague Elaine Crabbe.

FF10For more information and an application form, please contact:

Sally Evans, Active Ageing Coordinator on 07754 612569  / Elaine Crabbe, Activity Project Worker on 07812 776264 or the Age UK Wiltshire office on 01380 727767

You can also contact Sally or Elaine for further information at: sally.evans@ageukwiltshire.org.uk  elaine.crabbe@ageukwiltshire.org.uk

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Read about why our Wiltshire volunteers Denise Barnard's and Heather Osak's love being Fitness and Friendship club leaders.


Some other ways you can get involved:

Please note that some of the roles mentioned below might not be available in your area.

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