Community Strength & Balance Classes
in Counties Manukau:
Age Concern Counties Manukau Inc is proud to be appointed lead agency for the
Counties Manukau district. Our role is to coordinate and grow access to approved community strength and balance classes.
We are part of a nation-wide movement to reduce falls and fractures and support
older people to live stronger for longer. Older people pride themselves on being
self-sufficient and maintaining their independence. We’re joining forces with our DHB, exercise providers, carers and health professionals throughout our region to support older people to live the lives they want to live, for as long as they can.
Information for exercise providers:
If you are an exercise provider who would like to become accredited to provide Community Strength and Balance classes please fill out our form by clicking the link below.
If you would like to know more, please email
How to enrol:
Bookings for all classes are essential. Please use the referral form available through the "Click here to enroll" or "Enroll now" buttons or phone 0800 262 368.
Read through the list below to see what classes are available in the Counties Manukau area.
For information about classes in the wider Auckland region click here.
Only providers who meet nationally approved evidence-based criteria for community group strength and balance will be eligible to use ACC’s quality mark. If you’re an exercise provider, and would like to find out more about running community group strength and balance classes please contact Lisa Jury on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Click here for more information on how to live stronger for longer!
If the person is 65+ years old and the answer is yes to any of these 4 questions they may be at higher risk of falling:
Have you slipped, tripped or fallen in the last year?
Can you get out of a chair without using your hands?
Are there some activities you’ve stopped doing because you are afraid you might lose your balance or fall?
Do you receive assistance at home with showering, dressing, or other personal cares?
It is proven that people 65+ years can significantly reduce their risk of falling by doing regular specific exercises that build the strength and balance of their legs and core (stomach, lower back, and hips).
Strength and Balance Programmes have started in rural towns and city suburbs across New Zealand. These classes are led by Instructors trained to assist people 65 years and older in the correct exercises to build strength and balance.
To enrol in a Strength & Balance Exercise Class near your home, either:
Discuss the answers to the above questions with your GP and he/she will refer you to the correct Strength & Balance Programme, or
Click the green button above, complete the form and Age Concern Counties Manukau will contact you with the details.
Each year across New Zealand, 1 in 3 people aged 65 and over will fall. For people aged 80 and over, the risk increases to 1 in every 2 people. A fall can reduce an older person’s confidence, independence, and general wellbeing.
Help us to connect older people with regular strength & balance exercise classes, to enable them to live stronger for longer, and to be as independent as possible. To check your own risk of falling complete the questionnaire in the ‘Staying Independent’ brochure at your local practice, and give this to your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist to talk this through.
If you are at risk there are things you can do to help!
Exercising at home – ask your doctor or nurse for information on exercises you can do at your own pace to help you with your balance and strength.
Community-based falls prevention programmes and exercise classes can help – ask about your nearest programme.
Some medicines can increase your risk of falling – ask your doctor, nurse or pharmacist about the medicines you are taking and if they are right for you.