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Community Strength And Balance

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:

  • Level 1 - Limited Mobility – use of a walking aid, restricted activity and/or does not engage in regular physical activity (e.g. gardening, walking).
  • Level 2 - Reasonable Mobility – does not use a walking aid and/or currently engaging in some physical activity.
  • Level 3 - Full Mobility – good level of fitness and wanting to maintain this, and confident in participating.

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

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

Click here to become an accredited csb provider

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.


Are YOU or someone you know at risk of falling?

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?   

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 here to view classes available in the Counties Manukau area
  • Click here for classes available in other parts of Auckland   

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!

  • 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.

SAYGO

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.

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