Heather Welsh, Community Representative for Home Instead Wetherby & North Leeds has been running regular Chairobics classes for older people in the Wetherby area with attendees ranging from their 60’s to their 90’s.
Heather, a former dancer at the Royal Ballet School is passionate about providing high quality care to elderly and enthusiastic about the benefits of keeping them moving.
Working in association with WiSE, the classes are held at Wetherby Social Club on Friday mornings and include exercises & stretches and other activities such as reminiscence quizzes and sharing stories from the past.
Heather said: “My mum spent time in a home as she suffered with Alzheimer’s and when I visited, I was shocked by the lack of activity there. I felt that it just wasn’t right and wanted to do something about it so I enrolled in a Chairobics course and began running them with the help of local charity, WiSE.
“As well as being a great opportunity to keep fit, the classes are a lovely social occasion and we all have a right laugh. Everyone really enjoys themselves and they have all said they feel fitter-some even want to move on to include some standing exercises (nothing too hard though). Everyone is welcome, so don’t be afraid to come along and join in.”
Rebecca Abbott, Home Instead Care Manager added: “Heather is a fantastic asset to the team here at Home Instead. It is carers like her who bring a genuine concern to their role and take time to identify small ways in which care could be improved to change life for older people”.
For more information about Chairobics our Community Programme, visit www.homeinstead.co.uk/wetherby or call us on 01937 220510.