Issue 18 May 2020


Falls prevention classes move online

The Mid Sussex Falls Prevention programme has wasted no time in adapting to life during the coronavirus pandemic.

Before COVID-19 the WellBalanced programme was going from strength to strength – quite literally – delivering a 24-week programme of Strength & Balance classes to a growing number of elderly and vulnerable people across Mid Sussex. The courses helped the participants to improve their strength and balance, therefore making them much less susceptible to falls. 

As soon as it became clear classes could no longer be delivered as normal due to social distancing, the team set about adapting the service.  They contacted all 168 current participants to offer them a weekly support telephone call and sent them home exercises by post and email.

The main aim of the calls is to support participants with their home exercises and advise on maintaining a good level of physical activity for health but they have also been an opportunity to ensure that more vulnerable and isolated people are well supported and managing at home. In some cases the calls have helped the team to direct people to other support services and for many they have become a very welcome weekly chat and contact with the outside world. 

The Wellbalanced Team has continued to develop services online

  • Clinical Lead and Postural Stability Instructor Emma Rollings has produced a range of online exercise videos available at 
  • Website and Facebook pages offer a range of useful downloads, plus useful links to other information.
  • Virtual classes are now offered to all current participants who have access to the internet.

 Here’s what the participants have to say:

 “Thank you for your lovely phone call, you are so kind and helpful, and I really appreciate what you are doing for me.”

 “Thank you very much for a great Zoom session yesterday - it was really good to follow you and to have the discipline and feel part of the class again.”

 For more information email: or telephone 01444 657099.


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West Sussex County Council (WSCC) reopened Household Waste Recycling Sites (HWRS) across West Sussex on Monday 11th May.

Although the waste sites are open, WSCC is asking you to consider if your journey is absolutely essential before making the trip. 

From Monday 1st June, the range of items will be extended to include garden waste, general household waste, wood, cardboard, electrical items, bulky items, and furniture. The HWRS are currently unable to accept soil / hardcore, plasterboard, asbestos, tyres or textiles for the time being. ID will be required from all vehicles attending site

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