Current Region: Devon Switch Region

North Devon Evidence Based Strength and Balance Classes

Evidence based strength and balance classes, which have been shown to reduce your risk of falling are being rolled out into the community. The programme is aimed at those aged 65 and over who are deemed to be at heightened risk of falling, and is delivered over 24 weeks. These will be tailored to your needs and include assessments so you can see the improvements you’ve made.

After each session there will be light refreshments and time to chat with others in the group.

The programme also aims to connect people with local activities to maintain their new found fitness/strength.

Sessions will be free of charge for participants, and assistance with transport is available for people who are unable to get themselves to the venues.  Sessions will take place in Barnstaple, Ilfracombe, Braunton, South Molton, Torrington, Bideford and Holsworthy. 

You must be: -

  • Over 65
  • At risk of falls, have a fear of falling or have fallen in the previous year. 
  • Able to follow instructions
  • Able to walk independently indoors and outdoors (with or without a walking aid and without help from another person)
  • Able to get up from a dining room type chair (it is ok to find this difficult)
  • Prepared to attend weekly for 24 weeks and complete prescribed home exercises between sessions. (we accept there may be the occasional holiday, illness and medical appointments).

There are certain medical and health conditions that may mean that the programme isn’t suitable for you.  However, we will talk to you to identify if any apply once we receive a completed referral form from you. 

How to apply: - 

The application process is simple. Health professionals can apply on behalf of their clients. Individuals can also apply direct. If you have any questions please call the Vista Wellbeing Team on 07900 041258 or by clicking the link and completing the online form:

To find your nearest class, please see the below: 


Date: Wednesdays 10:30am - 12 noon 

Location: Holy Trinity Church, Barbican Terrace, Barnstaple, EX32 9HQ


Day: Mondays 10:30am - 12 noon

Location: Chaloners Road, Braunton, EX33 2EA 


Date: Mondays 13:30 - 15:00

Location: The Pollyfield Community Centre, 2 Avon Road, East-the-Water, Bideford, EX39 4BL 


Date: Starting October 2023 - Fridays 13:30 - 15:00

Location: Memorial Hall, Manor Car Park, North Road, Holsworthy, EX22 6DJ


Dates: Mondays 14:00 - 15:30

Location: Slade Valley Road, Ilfracombe, EX34 8LE 

South Molton

Date: Mondays 13:00 - 14:30

Location: Mill Street, South Molton, EX36 4AS 


Date: Fridays 10:00am - 12 noon

Location: Castle Hill, South Street Car Park, Torrington