Community strength and balance classes are social, fun and keep you strong and independent to do the activities you love.
Age Concern Auckland is the lead agency for Community Strength and Balance classes across Counties Manukau. Our role is to coordinate and grow access to classes.
As part of this programme a range of classes are offered across Counties Manukau which help older people improve their balance, leg strength, flexibility, general fitness and well-being.
COVID-19 Health Advice
Due to the evolving Covid-19 situation please contact the class provider/ instructor before you attend any of the classes listed.
For more information on COVID-19 visit the Ministry of Health website.
Please stay home if you feel unwell and call Healthline on 0800 358 5453 if you need to speak to someone.
Three levels of classes are offered and we will work to ensure that you are placed in a class suited to your mobility and ability:
For a list of classes available click here
Bookings for all classes are essential.
For more information or to discuss attending a class
0800 262 368
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
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.
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:
To enrol in a Strength & Balance Exercise Class near your home, either:
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 and discuss the results with your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist.
If you are at risk there are things you can do to help!
When Florence (94) started her Steady as You Go (SAYGO) class she was concerned about not being able to do the class.
She had some breathing difficulty and needed to rest during class. She couldn’t get out of the chair without using her hands
but now she can and repeatedly during the class.
I can’t believe how much more strength it has given me, especially in my legs’ and the eye exercises have really helped.
She now does the whole class and is a very popular and enthusiastic member and practices her exercises at home.