Falls Friends Champions Step Up in Aldershot

A new initiative which aims to help people age well by avoiding falls trained its first champions on Tuesday 6 November at Place Court in Aldershot. Twenty six people signed up to learn how to become a Falls Friends Champion in their local community through a scheme developed by Hampshire County Council, Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service and Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust

Nov 8 2018

Councillor Patricia Stallard, Executive Member for Public Health at Hampshire County Council, said, “We were thrilled to see so many people at our first session, all committed to learning about the causes of falls and helping older people in their neighbourhoods to stay on their feet. With a fall comes loss of independence and mobility so this is very valuable work.”
The participants were trained as Falls Friends Champions and will now go on to deliver Falls Friends information sessions in their local communities and workplaces. They comprised volunteers and professionals who are interested in helping to increase awareness about preventing falls amongst their communities. 

Falls Friends sessions are one hour, interactive talks, designed for anyone interested in helping to prevent someone from falling and exploring potential causes such as medication, vision impairment, trip hazards, hydration and more. Participants could be family members, community members, friends or someone concerned about their own risk of falling. 

The programme is being piloted in Rushmoor, the district with the highest recorded rate of emergency hospital admissions for falls in Hampshire. The programme is funded in Rushmoor by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) as part of their national Stand Up Stay Up campaign

Anyone in Rushmoor interested in becoming a Falls Friends Champion should contact Hampshire County Council’s Falls Prevention Coordinator at FallsPrevention@hants.gov.uk or 01962 846605.