A programme to help to reduce the risk of falling for older people is taking place in Gobowen at the end of the month.

Shropshire Rural Communities Charity (RCC) is hosting the ‘Functional Fitness MOTs’ at Gobowen Scout Hall between 9.30am and 2pm on Thursday 30 September.

The event, which is open to anyone aged between 65 and 95, also supports attendees to become or stay physically active.

Activities include one-to-one fitness tests measuring strength, balance, flexibility and stamina. There is also information on how to reduce the risk of falling – with a demonstration of how to get up from the floor after a fall – plus a free taster exercise class.

Shropshire RCC Development Officer Susie Hancock said: “We’re thrilled to be able to restart our Functional Fitness MOTs and get out and see people face-to-face again.

“We understand there may be people who have become less mobile and don’t feel as steady on their feet as they did before the pandemic, so we’re encouraging anyone who is looking for support and advice on how to reduce their risk of falling to get in touch and book a place.”

The event will be hosted with Covid precautions in place, including increased ventilation of the hall and spaced seating, while the fitness testers will be wearing visors and gloves and have use of their own testing equipment.

The Functional Fitness MOTs are part of a series of information events that have been commissioned by the Three Parishes Big Local programme, with support from Shropshire Council.

Upcoming programmes include a further Functional Fitness MOT event in Weston Rhyn in October, plus diabetes awareness, living with hearing loss and managing arthritis.

Functional Fitness MOTs are free to attend, with the option to make a charitable donation to Shropshire RCC on the day.

Attendance is by appointment and booking is essential. For more information or to reserve your place, please contact Susie Hancock on susie.hancock@shropshire-rcc.org.uk or phone 01743 342160.