New Newry and Mourne class aims to ‘help older people stay steady’

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Wednesday, February 26th, 2020

The Southern Trust and RoSPA have teamed up to help prevent falls in older people.


The ‘Stay Steady’ classes focus on strengthening your legs to make day-to-day life easier and improve mobility. 

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The classes feature simple activities and exercise techniques that help improve balance and reduce the risk of falling.



They are running in local leisure centres including Armagh, Dungannon, Newry and Portadown

The Trust has been piloting an extension to the classes into rural areas including South Armagh, Kilkeel and Warrenpoint.

Lurgan Neighbourhood Renewal Area also has a weekly class and it is hoped that the pilot will continue and expand to cover other areas across the Trust.



“As we get older, our muscle strength and balance reduces and this can affect our ability to stay steady on our feet, making falls more likely.

“Serious injuries as a result of falls can then then lead to hospitalisation and a loss of independence,” explained Gerard Rocks, Assistant Director for Promoting Wellbeing in the Southern Trust.

“Exercises designed to improve muscle strength can reduce your risk of a fall by improving your posture, coordination and balance,” he added.



To register or to get further information on a class near you, contact the Southern Trust Falls Coordinator, Joanne McElmeel on 028 3756 4909 or by email on or Community Health Improvement Officer Lisa McAliskey on 028 3756 3952.





Drumbeg Community House


12.30 – 1.30pm

ABC Community Centre

Wednesdays (until 25 March)

10 – 11am

Teac Shona Mullaghbawn


2.30 – 3.30pm

Rathkeel House Crossmaglen


2.30 – 3.30pm

Kilkeel development association


11am – 12noon

The Fold Mullaghbawn



Crossmaglen Centre



Salvation Army Lurgan







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