The Gateshead Housing Company is helping to improve the wellbeing of Gateshead residents with a grant for the Gateshead Older People’s Assembly.

The organisation has received £4,838 from the housing company’s Community Fund at the Community Foundation Tyne & Wear and Northumberland to help deliver weekly lifestyle sessions for people aged over 50.

The programme provides a range of activities including walking groups, swimming, chair-based exercise classes, gentle yoga and cookery demonstrations.

The sessions aim to help members generate new friendships and enjoy taking part in their favourite fitness activities.

Nicola Bruce, Postural Stability and Wellbeing Coordinator at the Gateshead Older People’s Assembly, said: “The sessions are a great way for people aged over 50 to keep fit and well, meet new people and try different exercises.

“The aim of the project is that the participants will have the opportunity to try activities they’ve always wanted to try but weren’t sure where to start. Participants will hopefully continue to take part in the activities for years to come.

“The grant from the Community Fund has helped us to offer a greater variety of sessions in the community.”

Jon Goodwin, Senior Philanthropy Advisor at the Community Foundation, said: “We were pleased to make this grant. The programme is making a positive difference to the wellbeing of older people throughout Gateshead by encouraging those over 50 to stay active.”

Since 2006, the Gateshead Housing Company’s Community Fund at the Community Foundation Tyne & Wear and Northumberland has awarded cash and in-kind grants totalling over £500,000 to more than 120 groups across Gateshead.

To find out more about the Gateshead Older People’s Assembly call 0191 438 1721 or visit:

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