Get fit: New Year New You with Armley Helping Hands


A new exciting exercise program for people aged 50 upwards has been launched in Armley, writes Dawn Newsome.

The New Year, New You Project is a new initiative delivered by Armley Helping Hands‘ Don’t Call Me Old project in partnership with Sports England and Leeds City Council Let’s Get Active Project.

Free fitness and pool sessions are available at Armley Leisure Centre. Exercise classes are being run at Strawberry Lane Community Centre.

We have appointed a fully trained and experienced personal trainer, who will provide a bespoke health and wellbeing programme to meet individual needs and abilities. The first point of contact will be through the following pathways:

  • Self-referral directly to the service
  • Social worker or social prescribing referral
  • By appointment at our dedicated sessions at Armley Moor Medical Centre, Thornton Medical Centre and Priory View Surgery. Practice staff will be able to  arrange one to one session for patients with our instructor at the surgery at designated time slots through the month

After the gym induction individuals  will co-produce an action plan that is designed to ease them into using the gym equipment to its optimum to help them lose weight, keep fit and stay healthy.

Everyone will have the opportunity to access the following:

  • one to one sessions,
  • group session at Strawberry Lane Community Centre and Armley Leisure Centre
  • Personal exercise plan,
  • Individuals on low income will be offered appropriate trainers and exercise clothes.
  • Free access to Armley Leisure Centre

For more information or to refer a person aged 50 plus to the project please contact Michael Howard at


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