The Rainbow Foundation’s free ‘Active Futures’ classes are now taking bookings for more classes starting in March.

‘Active Futures’ is a programme of free physiotherapist led exercise classes targeting over 65’s in the Wrexham area who are at risk of falls, which is being delivered by the Rainbow Foundation.

The 12 week course is free to residents registered with a Wrexham GP.

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The classes are designed to help improve strength and balance and reduce the risk of falls and are completely free to those taking part.

The Active Futures programme launched in November and has been a huge success, with exercise classes taking place twice a week followed by a peer support session. 

Geraldine Vaughan Operational Manager at The Rainbow Foundation says: “We are thrilled people are finding that Active Futures is helping with their mobility and balance, and that it has encouraged them to be more active outside of the group.

"In addition to the physical health benefits, the group have enjoyed meeting other people and making new friends, which has improved their mental wellbeing too."

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Michelle Jones, physiotherapist for Active Futures Project says: "Physiotherapy can be very beneficial for the prevention of falls in older people. Reduced confidence is one of the biggest factors contributing to a persons risk of falls.

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"Following a fall people can often become fearful of falling again so they may limit the amount of walking that they normally do. This in turn will have a negative impact on that persons muscle strength which is key for their mobility and also helps with their sense of balance and so the cycle continues and physical health deteriorates until a person is no longer mobilising without assistance."

 The next intake will start from 12th March and is available at four venues: Chirk Parish Hall, Plas Macoc swimming baths, Marchwiel Village Hall, and Penley Rainbow Centre.

To book your place call The Rainbow Foundation on 01948 830730 or email direct.