Active Ageing Australia is coming to our Shire to train interested community members in leading group exercises for older adults. Mansfield Shire community members will have the opportunity to get active, with volunteers sought for group leaders for a weight and strength program designed for over 55s.
Mansfield Shire Council’s Age Friendly Communities Project Officer, Bianca Sheeran, explained, “Under the Age-friendly Communities banner we will be bringing Active Ageing Australia to Mansfield to train community members in leading group exercise classes for older adults. The Active Ageing Australia program is developed by physiotherapists and suitable for all ability levels.
“The group leaders will be trained in teaching flexibility, strength and balance, catering for special needs, class design, effective leadership, communication and practical teaching skills. Our aim is to have 1-2 community volunteers trained in all of our townships, so that local community groups can offer low cost exercise classes in a friendly, social atmosphere that cater for all abilities”, said Bianca.
Mayor, Cr Marg Attley OAM said “We have an ageing population in Mansfield, so physical activity and social connections are very important in combating chronic disease and supporting our older residents to live happy, healthy lives”.
Supported by the physiotherapists at Mansfield District Hospital, volunteer Active Ageing exercise leaders are being sought from Mansfield and all outlying communities including Woods Point, Jamieson, Mac’s Cove, Goughs Bay, Sawmill Settlement, Merrijig, Tolmie, Maindample, Bonnie Doon and Merton.
The Active Ageing Australia leader training consists of a two day course, which once completed qualifies the leader to deliver the exercise program for two years. Training would normally cost $586 per person, but under the Age-friendly Communities banner will be provided free of charge.
There will be an information session on Friday 13 March at 1.00pm at the Mansfield Library for community members interested in becoming a volunteer weight and strength program leader.
Mansfield Shire Council was one of four local councils across regional Victoria to receive an Age-Friendly Communities grant from the Department of Health and Human Services. Following the community engagement phase of the project, 5 priority projects were identified, including increasing physical activity options for adults over 55 years.
Media enquiries: Melanie Hotton, Community Services Manager 5775 8568