Strength and Balance

These classes are designed to help reduce the risk of falling by improving strength, balance and confidence.

During each class, participants will practice a range of fun strength and balance exercises and, once they are confident, the Instructor will ask them to practice some of these exercises at home to help get the most out of the class. The class consists of a selection of seated and standing exercises, some with light weights or resistance bands.

These gentle, bespoke exercise sessions are delivered at Downs Leisure Centre in Seaford, Lewes Leisure Centre and Shakespeare Hall in Newhaven, as well as in some rural locations.

The Strength & Balance sessions are suited to people who:

  • Have experienced a fear of falling
  • Sometimes feel unstable on their feet
  • Can lack confidence when walking
  • Have experienced a fall or falls
  • Believe that you would benefit from a programme of Strength & Balance classes and be willing to work with our Instructors to improve your fitness

In the first session, the Instructor will carry out a basic assessment of a participant’s current abilities to make sure they are aware of any injuries or conditions that could impact participation, so an individual’s progress and improvement throughout the classes can be monitored.

During the classes, light weights will be available to help develop strength and, at the end of each session, there will be an opportunity for participants to relax and chat with other class mates over a hot or cold beverage.

What are the benefits?

Research has found that taking part in Strength & Balance exercise classes can reduce the number of falls and fall-related injuries experience by those who take part. We hope that by taking part in the classes in a safe and supportive environment, participants will feel an increased sense of well-being and greater confidence about their balance and walking.

"It’s a social class and allows participants to build on their confidence.”

Kelly is a Strength and Balance Instructor for Wave and sees the positive effects of the classes on participants. “I deliver two Strength and Balance classes in village halls in rural locations a week. It’s important that we support those who live away from our centres but could really benefit from our help. Our classes help them to improve their balance and reduce their risk of falling. It’s so rewarding seeing participants improve week to week. We use seated exercises, sometimes with ankle weights, as well as other activities to help ensure they’re more steady on their feet and their muscles are stronger. It not only helps physically but mentally and emotionally, it’s a social class and allows participants to build on their confidence.”

You can read more stories about the people behind Wave in our Impact Report, here.

Take part in one of our Strength and Balance classes at the times below.

Shakespeare Hall, Newhaven

Wednesday: 11:00am-12:00pm

Downs Leisure Centre, Seaford

Wednesday: 13:30pm-14:30pm

Thursday: 13:30pm-14:30pm

Peacehaven Leisure Centre

Monday: 12:00pm - 13:00pm

Lewes Leisure Centre

Tuesday: 13:00pm-14:00pm

We also deliver Strength and Balance sessions at the following locations: 

Firle Village Hall

Tuesday: 11:00am - 12:00pm

Wivelsfield Village Hall

Tuesday: 3:00pm - 4:00pm

To book or for further information, ask one of our friendly team in centre, call your chosen centre or email