Our Online classes are available to anyone living in Somerset or North Somerset and are suitable for people over 60 who are actively able and can move independently. 

If you have not attended one of our online classes before, you must fill in an application form. For all classes except our Relaxation & Mindful Breathing sessions, you must also fill in a Health & Safety questionnaire.

If you have any queries or need more help, please email onlineclasses@ageuksomerset.org.uk

Welcome to this page about Ageing Well’s online exercise sessions.

Prior to the Coronavirus pandemic, all our classes were held in local venues, but since July a team of our instructors have held regular, weekly classes online instead.

There are a variety of classes to choose from, including Tai Chi, yoga, strength and balance and general fitness sessions. We also have a new Relaxation & Mindful Breathing programme starting on the 25th January.

Our classes are available to anyone living in Somerset or North Somerset and are suitable for people over 60 who are actively able and can move independently.  If you have not attended one of our online classes before, you must fill in an application form. For all classes except our Relaxation & Mindful Breathing sessions, you must also fill in a Health & Safety questionnaire before your first class.

If you have any queries or need more help, please email onlineclasses@ageuksomerset.org.uk

HOW TO BOOK

  • If you have not attended an online Ageing Well class before, you will need to fill in an Application Form.
  • Everyone attending any class except the Relaxation sessions must also complete the Health Questionnaire below. You only have to do this once, NOT each time you book a class.
  • Read the Participants Health and Safety Checklist below.
  • Scroll down to find your class below and click on the date of the session you want to attend – you will then be taken to Eventbrite to buy your ticket or CLICK TO VISIT OUR EVENTBRITE EVENTS PAGE to see the list of all classes available in date order.
  • It is only possible to buy one session/date at a time.
  • A suggested donation of £4 per session is requested – we are really grateful for your financial support at this time!
  • Once purchased you will receive a confirmation email from Eventbrite with a link to the class. Please retain this email, as you can use it to join your class on the day.
  • You will also receive an email from one of our team on the morning of your class, with your link attached again for easy access.
  • When you have your activity area set up safely, and you are ready to join the session just click on the link in either your booking or your reminder email. This will take you to the Zoom session. We advise you join a couple of minutes early to ensure any technical issues are smoothed out.

PLEASE NOTE: Bookings will close at 2pm on the working day (Monday to Friday) before each class. For a Monday class, bookings close at 2pm the Friday before.

APPLICATION FORM & HEALTH QUESTIONNAIRE

Anyone wanting to join a class must fill in a simple Application Form and a Health questionnaire before booking their first class (except for the Relaxation and Mindfulness sessions).  You only need to do this once.

You can complete both the forms online – it only takes a couple of minutes and your information will be held safely and privately. This information comes direct to us at Age UK Somerset and no third party is involved.

No classes can be booked until we have received the correct information from you, so please allow plenty of time – you can do it straight away.

If you would prefer to submit a paper copy, then please let us know by emailing onlineclasses@ageuksomerset.org.uk but we will need to contact you to confirm receipt before you can book a class.

About Online ZOOM classes

Having booked a class, you will be sent a link to follow to join it on the day (and an email reminder before the class!). If you’ve not used Zoom on your computer before, it’s very easy to set up.

There is a full and straightforward “how to guide” here:

https://www.theverge.com/2020/3/31/21197215/how-to-zoom-free-account-get-started-register-sign-up-log-in-invite

Be Safe

We would ask that you have a think about where in your home you will do your class, as it’s important you don’t get distracted or trip over anything!

Please read our short “Participants Safety Check List”.


AGEING WELL ONLINE CLASSES

Please click on the date of the session you want to attend and you will be taken to Eventbrite, to complete your booking.

NEW
Relaxation and Mindful Breathing

These relaxation and mindful breathing sessions will focus on techniques to help you unwind and de-stress, quieten the mind and sleep better. They are part of a six week programme designed purely to give a short respite from the worries and constant chatter of a busy mind in this unusual time.

There are three sessions weekly, each with a slightly different approach and focus.
Click on the links below for more information.

All sessions are booked separately.

Please note that these relaxation and mindful breathing sessions are not a substitute for seeking medical support and if you feel overwhelmed then contact your GP or phone Mindline 01823 276892.


Lorraine Sula’s classes – Mondays at 12 noon

Terry Wood’s classes – Tuesdays at 3.30pm

Anne Bond’s classes – Thursdays at 3.30pm

Healthy Joints, Healthy Hearts image
Healthy Joints, Healthy Hearts
with Suzie Delve

Exercises for the whole body that will help to mobilise your joints and keep them healthy.  These sessions will also help to increase your heart rate, boost your circulation and challenge your coordination! They are great for those who usually attend Mature Movers classes.

DATES:

Monday 25th January at 10am

Strength and balance - Age UK Somerset Ageing Well Exercise session
Mature Movers
with Jo Fordham

This exercise class offers a mix of both seated and standing exercises and movements. It is adaptable for all abilities.

DATES:

Monday 25th January at 2pm

Mindful Movement, Mindful Breath – QiGong Tai Chi Shibashi
with Rachel Jelbert

Shibashi 1 involves easy to learn gentle movements, to improve balance flexibility & strength . Good for mind, body and wellbeing.

Seated and/or standing.

DATES:

Monday 25th January at 3:30pm

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Healthy Joints, Healthy Hearts
with Sian Cocks

Exercises for the whole body that will help to mobilise your joints and keep them healthy.  These sessions will also help to increase your heart rate, boost your circulation and challenge your coordination!

DATES:

Wednesday 20th January at 2pm

Wednesday 27th January at 2pm

Strength and balance - Age UK Somerset Ageing Well Exercise session
Strength and Balance
with Kate Derrick

Simple but effective exercises that will help to increase the strength of the lower body and improve stability.

The class will be a mix of seated and standing work.

DATES:

Wednesday 20th January at 10am

Wednesday 27th January at 10am

Qigong Tai Chi
with Terry Wood

A blend of Shibashi moves, with energy healing exercises and techniques. Easy to learn gentle movements to improve balance, flexibility & strength. Good for mind, body and wellbeing. Seated or standing.

DATES:

Wednesday 20th January at 3:30pm

Wednesday 27th January at 3:30pm

Movement to Music
with Chris Burtt

A fun session with seated and standing exercise. Great for general fitness and for improving balance, coordination and circulation.

DATES:

Tuesday 19th January at 10am

Friday 22nd January at 2pm

Tuesday 26th January at 12 noon

Friday 29th January at 2pm

Strength and balance - Age UK Somerset Ageing Well Exercise session
Mature Movers
with Marion Cooper

This exercise class offers a mix of both seated and standing exercises and movements. It is adaptable for all abilities.

DATES:

Tuesday 19th January at 10am

Tuesday 26th January at 10am

Qigong Tai Chi
with Lorraine Sula

Shibashi 1 involves easy to learn gentle movements, to improve balance flexibility & strength . Good for mind, body and wellbeing.

Seated and/or standing.

DATES:

Tuesday 19th January at 2pm

Tuesday 26th January at 2pm

Strength and balance - Age UK Somerset Ageing Well Exercise session
Seated & Standing Pilates
with Gill Hampson

Simple but effective exercises that will help to increase the strength of the lower body and improve stability.

The class will be a mix of seated and standing work.

DATES:

Monday 18th January at 12 noon

Friday 22nd January at 12 noon

Monday 25th January at 12 noon

Friday 29th January at 12 noon

Stretch & Flex,
chair-based yoga
with Anne Bond

A gentle yoga class combining movement with the breath. Balancing the mind & body and improving wellbeing. Increase flexibility strength & balance.

DATES:

Wednesday 20th January at 12 noon

Wednesday 27th January at 12 noon

If you have any problems with the booking process, or if you would like further information, please email us – onlineclasses@ageuksomerset.org.uk