Older People

During this crisis, Positive Movement classes are being delivered online to current participants

Our most important work to date with this age group has been our award-winning Positive Movement programme. Classes are now offered in 21 venues across Hertfordshire and have been commissioned by NHS Luton for delivery to its frail older population.

Developed in 2015 with the help of funding from the Lottery, the programme combines techniques drawn from Adaptive Yoga and the Alexander Technique into an extremely effective, popular and fun session which has been shown to markedly enhance the health and wellbeing of participants. It is open to anyone over 60 who has either a mobility problem or who are living with a long-term health condition.

Please click here for a full list of our Positive Movement sessions available in Hertfordshire.

Positive Movement draws upon our past work over many years with older people – Pilot Project for Stevenage Residents, Falls and T’ai Chi and Positive Ageing.

Our other programmes for older people:


The Choir has been temporarily paused due to the current COVID crisis

The Rosehill Singers – a buoyant, uplifting and friendship-forming weekly group,

Drop-in T’ai Chi and Silver Swans have been temporarily paused due to the current COVID crisis
  • Drop-in T’ai Chi – T’ai Chi is known to improve balance, strengthen leg muscles and prevent falls. This weekly class, a follow-on from our county-council-funded Falls Prevention Pilot (hyperlink), is popular and well attended.
  • Silver Swans – Fun and accessible, these classes will help improve your mobility, posture, coordination, and energy levels, no matter how old you are.  While, specially designed for older learners with a range of abilities all ages are welcome. Tea and biscuits follow.
  • Restorative Yoga This is a weekly online programme for people living with cancer, with chronic conditions, with breathing disorders, mental health issues or with restricted movement.

The Centre has for years been aware of the needs of carers and has developed programmes to meet some of those needs. Carers, by definition, care for others – frequently to the neglect of their own health and wellbeing. During the past few years NHS Herts, Carers in Bedfordshire, NHS Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire County Council and the Hertfordshire Community Foundation have provided us with financial support which has underpinned the development of innovative programmes for carers.  Complementary therapies and group-based approaches have much to offer them – in helping reduce stress, promoting relaxation and in restoring depleted energy.

Carers’ Fayres
Bedfordshire: this was held in January 2013 in partnership with Carers in Bedfordshire, NHS Bedfordshire and Shefford GP Surgery. A hugely successful event, it provided information on resources and financial assistance, alongside a range of demonstrations/taster sessions of one-to-one and group-based therapeutic approaches which can enhance wellbeing.



Hertfordshire: the largest ever to be held in the county, this took place in July 2013 with sponsorship from Hertfordshire County Council.  It brought together more than 40 local organisations which currently provide information and support to carers and drew over 150 people in all. The Fayre was run in partnership with Crossroads Care Hertfordshire North and Carers in Herts, and was opened by Councillor Jane Gray, chair of NHDC and Roberta Meldrum, Director of the Centre.  Click here for summary of evaluations.