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How to take part

York groups

Our regular weekly groups in York include our ‘Balanced Lives’ programmes.

Our Balanced Lives programmes focus on a range of activities including gentle movement, basic health advice, learning new life skills, and meeting people of similar age and interests, plus some suggestions to improve your overall health and well-being.

York and district programmes

Balanced Lives HOP: Healthy Older People – York

An online session (via Zoom) expanding our reach to healthier older people.
Health requirement – being able to stand for 45 minutes.

11am -12 midday. Every Monday

Betty Sutherland


Balanced Lives Live Sessions – York

Live Weekly Balanced Lives exercise classes.

Foxwood Community Centre, Acomb, Cranfield Place, York. YO24 3HY.

10am to 11.30am.  Every Friday

Betty Sutherland

Balanced Lives Community Hub and Craft Sessions – York

Following on from the Balanced Lives exercises, participants will be welcome to join the Community Hub lunch, followed by a Craft Session with Kat Wood.

12 midday – 2 pm. Every Friday

Kat Wood

Balanced Lives Chi and Chat Relaxation – York

7pm to 7.45pm – Friday evening

Betty Sutherland

Every Friday

Joining us is easy

Booking is Essential

Call us on: 030 330 30132

or email: info@actionforelders.org.uk

Mobility Lead: Betty Sutherland

What our group members say

I’m amazed that I’m now able to do things that I just couldn’t do before taking part in ‘Balanced Lives’. I can raise my arms without pain and feel much more independent.


York Balanced Lives Group, Participant

Where to find us

Founders & Co 24 Wind Street Swansea SA1 1DY

The Woodman, 120 Mumbles Road, Black Pill, Swansea SA3 5AS

The Secret Beach Bar & Kitchen, Mumbles Rd, Brynmill, Swansea SA2 0AY

Rowntree Park, Terry Ave, York YO23 1JQ

Belmont Community Centre Hereford

Foxwood Community Centre, York

Linden Christian Centre, West Cross Swansea

National Waterfront Museum,Oystermouth Rd, Maritime Quarter, Swansea SA1 3RD

Patti Pavilion, Mumbles Rd, Swansea SA1 4PQ

More about our York groups

Supporting local communities

Balanced Lives is going from strength to strength in the wonderful city of York. These popular weekly community programmes take place in an area with a very high population of older persons. The Balanced Lives programmes, funded by the Big Lottery are helping us reach out to local communities and add valuable depth to the long-term strategy of older people’s services in York.

The programmes have received recognition from York City Council for their important work in Falls Prevention. Recent events include a hugely successful Christmas Party at Foxwood.

York Case Study

Our latest Case Study is a story of impressive progress.

Janet Freeman is a lady with a degenerative condition that’s affecting her balance, confidence and speech. Her husband brings her ever week and she’s been coming to the Foxwood group for almost a year. Recently her husband had a fall and broke his hip, but this didn’t put Janet off, she asked her son to come quite a distance to bring her to class. He is so appreciative of the support and friendship she gets in the class, they both stay on for the Community lunch.

Betty has been working on Janet’s balance and confidence. “This week she joined me in standing up and doing quite a bit of Tai Chi. The smile on her face said it all. She is such a determined lady and loves being part of the group,” says Betty.

Foxwood Group Update – February 2020

Betty’s Foxwood group in York is going from strength to strength on a Friday morning.

The participants are continuing the York Can-Can – a sit-down exercise for the legs. Then there’s a new move where everyone steps backwards (with lots of care) into a posture entitled ‘Step Back Repulse the Monkey’.

The hand action accompanying this has been nicknamed ‘Gin and Tonic’ because it resembles a drinking action. As you can imagine, the group are having lots of fun as their health improves.

Read our news updates

You can read more news about York and from all our programmes on our news and events pages. These are the items with special interest to those of you who are interested in what is going on in York

Our groups nationwide

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