The Wellbalanced Programme offers a 24-week rolling course of community-based and online strength and balance classes designed to reduce the risk of falls.
The Wellbalanced Programme is delivered by AHS Wellbeing in partnership with Places Leisure on behalf of Mid Sussex Wellbeing.
Here are some commonly asked questions to provide you with further information and ensure you get the most out of the programme;
What is The Wellbalanced Programme?
This course is designed to help increase postural stability and reduce risk of falls, please watch our video to see a class in action.
Who is it suitable for?
This course is for you if you have felt unsteady on your feet, experienced a fall, want to prevent a fall, have been referred by an NHS falls prevention service and can rise from a chair without help.
What service are you providing during the COVID-19 pandemic?
We have adapted our service to allow us continue supporting you throughout the pandemic with home exercise packs, telephone support and online live classes. Community based classes will be available when it is safe to do so, according to the Government guidelines. We will keep all participants informed of any changes to the service.
Please check Our Services page for full details of our service. You can also find some really useful exercise information and videos on our online support page and on the Falls Assist Website and our facebook page
If you refer patients to us, please continue to refer them and we will offer online and telephone support until the classes re-commence.
For latest advice on COVID-19, please visit the Government Website
How often do the classes take place?
Online classes take place using Zoom on weekdays, your instructor will discuss this with you and arrange you for you to join a session if you have internet access.
The community classes are held weekly in each venue and, once referred, you will be able to attend 1 class per week for 24-weeks.
Where and when do the classes take place?
When restrictions allow the weekly community classes are normally held at:
- Monday at Chequers Mead, East Grinstead 2-3pm & 3-4pm.
- Tuesday at Sidney West Community Hall, Burgess Hill, 12.45-1.45 & 2-3pm.
- Thursday at The Triangle Leisure Centre, Burgess Hill, 1.30-2.30pm
- Friday at Centenary Hall, St Wilfred’s Way, Haywards Heath,11.45-12.45pm and 1-2pm
How do I book onto the programme
To find out more about joining the programme contact us using the details below.
Phone: 01444 477191
Do you provide transport to community classes?
If you cannot make your own way, we recommend using the Dial a Ride Service offered by the BlueBird Community Partnership.
They can be contacted by Email: email@example.com or by Telephone 01444 471919 or 01444 471177.
What should I wear during a class?
Please wear comfortable clothing and shoes suitable for exercising. If you use any mobility aids, e.g. a walking stick, please bring these with you.
What should I expect on my first session?
In your first session we will complete an assessment to ensure the exercises are suitable for you and enable us to monitor your progress. We will ask you to complete the assessment again in 12 weeks time to see how you are progressing and then again at 24 weeks. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask.
If you attend an online session, the class instructor will provide instruction to you when you join the class.
How much does each session cost?
Each session costs £1.50. We would be grateful if you could please pay your instructor 2 instalments, one of £18 on your first week and the second £18 on week 12. We can accept cash or card payments.
What happens at the end of the 24-week programme?
We encourage you to keep exercising and have organised some follow on classes for you to attend. We will provide you with further details of these.
Are there any exercises I can follow at home?
Yes, you will certainly feel the benefit of doing the exercises regularly. There are some recommended exercises on the NHS Choices website as well as the video’s on our online support page. You’ll also find some useful information on Falls Prevention here.
What happens if I am unable to attend a class?
If you are aware in advance that you will be unable to make a class, please inform your instructor as soon as possible. If you have to cancel at short notice, please contact us on 01444 657099.
For further information
Contact us on 01444 657099 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Further healthy lifestyle support services can be found by calling Mid Sussex Wellbeing on 01444 477191 or visit their website .