Date: Tuesday 18 November 2014
Gentle exercise classes for the over 60s have begun at Lawley Village in Telford, Shropshire, thanks to a £250 grant from the Lawley Village Developer Group (LVDG).
The LVDG – which comprises Taylor Wimpey, Barratt Homes, Charles Church, David Wilson Homes and Persimmon Homes – donated the money to the charity Extend, to set up the new classes which now take place at St John’s Church Hall in Lawley every Tuesday from 1.30pm.
The money was awarded as part of the Community Chest scheme being run by the LVDG. Under the initiative, good causes can apply for a Community Chest cash grant to help provide a boost to their work.
Sarah Warner from Extend says: “It’s great to be awarded funding through the Community Chest scheme, and we will use the funds to subsidise the new classes to encourage people to come along and give them a try.
“Those who come along within the first month of the sessions will not have to pay, then in the second month the classes will be subsidised so participants will only have to pay £1, and after that the classes will cost just £2.
“Lawley Village is growing all the time and turning into a real community, and we thought it would be great to offer over 60s at the development the chance to take part in our classes.”
The Extend classes involve seated and gentle exercise to music and help to improve balance and encourage over 60s to keep active.
Sarah adds: “People hear the word ‘exercise’ and think of gyms, but this is very different – our classes are very social, and we all talk and laugh as well as doing the exercise.
“The classes are very friendly so I’d urge anyone over 60 to consider coming along to the classes to find out more.”
Guy Scott, Director for the LVDG, says: “We are running the Community Chest to give worthy causes within our new community of Lawley Village the chance to receive a cash boost to help with their good work.
“The Extend classes are a welcome addition to life in Lawley, and I would encourage over 60s to go along to the sessions.”