New Classes Started

We are really please to announce that two new classes have started in our refurbished Age Concern Hall. We have SpinPoi on Tuesday afternoons and Move Good Now on Thursday mornings.

SpinPoi  occurs every Tuesday from 2-3pm in the Age Concern Hall, 62 Oxford Street, Richmond. SpinPoi has been scientifically proven to improve older people’s grip strength, balance and ability to sustain attention, as well as being great fun! Dr Kate Riegle van West, who did her PhD in the health benefits of SpinPoi on older adults, came to Nelson last year to do training sessions on how to teach SpinPoi, and our very own Funding & Communications Officer Miriam Clark is going to be leading these classes. Dr van West’s research at Auckland University showed how the exercise could help with maintaining balance and strength, which are very good predictors of overall health.


Move Good Now occurs  every Thursday from 10-11am. This is being run by Hilary of Move Good Now. Hilary is an experienced group instructor and is particularly interested in the benefits of brain health  when combining specific actions and movements in a fitness class. She has her own fitness studio in Mapua and provides a range of classes including boxing for women, adult fitness, beginners Hip-Hop, low impact dance, seated exercises and classes for people with Parkinson’s. She is an incredibly dynamic instructor and her enthusiasm is infectious.The ‘Move Good Now’ class in the Age Concern Hall will include a range of moves and exercises to improve movement and balance. Rhythm and coordination are just some of the therapeutic gains that are being explored.

If you would  like to come along, or know someone who might, please spread the word! There is no need to register for either class – just turn up. If you would like more information, please contact Marrit on 5447624 ext 5 or

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