Sherburn activity class enjoyed by old and young alike

people participating in group activity

Old and young are coming together for a special exercise class taking place in Sherburn.

The popular strength and balance class brings together older people attending an Alzheimer’s Memory Cafe and nursery school children for an exercise and singing session each week at the Old Girls School Community Centre & Tea Room. The Memory Cafe is run by Sherburn Visiting Scheme Supporting Seniors group.

Inspiring healthy lifestyles Wellbeing Manager Dani Penney, organises the activity sessions and explained, “This is a chair based exercise class which has been created as an exit route from our successful Strong and Steady falls prevention programme.

“Children from the nursery next to the Old Girls School come along to the exercise session, which everyone really enjoys. We also play music from the 1940s so a lot of the participants reminisce and share their memories and stories.

“The session is a really popular social event for all and it is fantastic to see the different age groups coming together, mixing and enjoying themselves.”

Lead Executive member for Housing, Health and Culture, Councillor Chris Pearson added, “It is important to us that leisure activities like this session can be taken right into the heart of the communities that will benefit from them the most.  Bringing together the youngest and oldest members of the local community offers great benefits to both.”

The session takes place on a Monday, from 2-3pm. To find out more, contact