Meeting twice a week for 12 weeks, the Active Futures programme is designed to enable participants to remain active and independent in their homes.
Join us in a safe environment while you learn about preventing falls and staying healthy as we age. Stay for a coffee and chat and enjoy some peer support from your fellow participants.
If you meet any of these criteria and are able to stand up from a chair as well as walk for 2 minutes with or without a walking aid, then you can self-refer yourself to our Active Futures programme.
Our next Active Futures cohort begins in November 2023. There are fourlocations to choose from with two classes each week. Please note that attendance at both classes for your location is mandatory to realise the full benefits of the Active Futures programme.
Before classes begin, participants will be assessed to collect baseline data and to ensure that the programme is suitable for them. This will take place on the following dates
Monday 30th October from 1pm – 4pm at Chirk Parish Hall
Tuesday 31st October from 12pm – 3pm at Piercy Hall in Marchwiel
Wednesday 1st November from 9am – 12pm at Acton Community Resource Centre
Unable to attend this cohort?
If you are interested in our Active Futures programme but are unable to start in November, then there is an additional cohort currently planned to start in February 2024.
Contact us today on 01948 830730 to a reserve your place on a later cohort or to join the waiting list.
Julia attended our Active Futures classes in Marchwiel. Here is Julia’s story.
Derrick was 87 years old when he attended the Active Futures programmes, is registered partially blind and lives alone.
Prior to starting Active Futures, Derrick had fallen in the past 12 weeks, was having issues with balance and mobility, and feeling concerned about falls.
“I was suffering with dizziness and sciatica and struggling to get into town, I was getting leg spasms after 10 minutes of standing.”
Results from Active Futures shows Derrick has made significant improvements:
“I got very good advice and physio at Active Futures….
walking and standing is much better now, I felt I was slurping myself along like a drunken man before, but it’s not like that anymore….
in May when my daughter and I went to Eastbourne, we were standing for quite a while and it spoiled it because I was in too much pain. I couldn’t appreciate it, but I could now, and I would be very happy to go again….
it’s been fantastic!”
The Active Futures pilot took place in 2022 with incredible results.
100% of participants improved during the programme not only decreasing the time they took to complete activities but also making significant improvements to their stamina, confidence, and overall feelings of wellbeing. All participants also reported a reduction in concerns and anxiety around falls and mobility.
The Social Return on Investment for the Active Futures programme is £1 : £9.37
Here are the results of the functional fitness test:
100% participants improved with an average of an additional 6 chair raises being performed, from 10 to 16 stands
91% of participants saw an improvement in reach. Average improvement by an additional reach in over 9cm
89% of participants improved their back scratch reach, with an average improvement of 8.6cm
100% participants were able to reduce their time taken to complete the test, with an average of 8.5 seconds improvement seen
100% of participants improved upon their time able to maintain a single leg stance, with an average increase of over 7 seconds.
100% participants increased their walking distance from baseline to follow up; average distance travelled increased by 105m.
In addition to physical improvements, participants also saw positive improvements in their mental health and wellbeing.