Sycamore Exercise group

Sycamore Exercise group

Gentle exercise to help with strength and balance to improve mobility and to help prevent trips and falls.

Benefit of exercise

Exercise is beneficial for both physical and mental health. In adults, exercise has a positive impact on numerous chronic conditions such as diabetes and heart disease, whilst in older adults it has been shown to help prevent falls. Physical activity improves mental wellbeing across all ages, including for people with disabilities. Physical activity can also deliver cost savings to the health and care system by reducing preventable illness thus demand on services.


Independent Living Accommodation (Sheltered Housing)

This is a closed group

Project team

Sycamore Close, Independent Living Accommodation.

Buzz Neighbourhood Health Worker.


The aim of the project was to provide gentle exercise.

The background to the project residents tripping and falling resulting in injuries.


“As secretary of Sycamore Close Residents Group I would like to say a big thank you to Sadie for all she put into our group activities. Sadie came to one of our coffee mornings and suggested a talk concerning falls assessment also armchair exercise. The latest is free books for the residents. Without Sadie's help we would not have known where to begin. Thank you, Sadie”


The exercise group is on hold due to Covid-19 however we were able to trial it with 15 residents who attended. This was a successful group.

The engagement tools used were getting everyone involved and connected, age friendly and inclusion.

Strategic links to local/national policies



Helping people live healthier lives

Healthy Lives, Healthy People (MH Government, 2010)

Fair Society, Healthy Lives (Institute of Health Equity, 2010)

The Manchester Locality Plan – A Healthier Manchester

Manchester Health and Wellbeing Strategy

Manchester Prevention Programme

Increased mental wellbeing

Manchester Health and Wellbeing Strategy

Greater Manchester Mental Health and Wellbeing Strategy

Reducing avoidable illness/death

NHS Five Year Forward View (Department of Health, 2014).

The Manchester Locality Plan – A Healthier Manchester

Manchester Population Health Plan

Helping people age well

Taking Charge of our Health and Social Care in Greater Manchester (GMCA, 2015)

Manchester Health and Wellbeing Strategy

Manchester Population Health Plan

Research/evidence base

Department of Health and Social Care (2019) - UK Chief Medical Officers' Physical Activity Guidelines 2019

Public Health England (2016) - Health matters: getting every adult active every day

Public Health England (2018) - Physical activity for general health benefits in disabled adults: Summary of a rapid evidence review for the UK Chief Medical Officers’ update of the physical activity guidelines.

Sherrington C, Fairhall NJ, Wallbank GK, Tiedemann A, Michaleff ZA, Howard K, Clemson L, Hopewell S, Lamb SE. (2019) Exercise for preventing falls in older people living in the community. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, Issue 1. Art. No.: CD012424.

Sport England (2017) - Review of evidence of the outcomes for sport and physical activity: A rapid evidence review.


Sadie Roberts - Neighbourhood Health Worker

T: 07890 533 374

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“By attending buzz's PARS exercise classes, it encouraged me to join a walking group, a gym and a gardening class at Whitworth Art Gallery.”

Local Manchester City Centre resident attending PARS exercise classes