Award for charity highlights GCU's falls research

10 October 2016

The charity Roar which works closely with GCU academics

The charity Roar which works closely with GCU academics

The charity Roar – Connections for life, has won the Innovation Partnership of the Year from Health and Social Care Alliance Scotland.

Roar works closely with academics from Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU), Scottish Fire and Rescue, Renfrewshire Care and Repair, and Renfrewshire Health and Social Care Partnership to support the wellbeing of older people.

The award highlighted the work of Roar in developing a Feet, Falls and Fire prevention partnership. One key element of this is running strength and balance sessions to improve function and reduce falls as well as their work in delivering Functional Fitness MOTs with older clients to highlight components of fitness and regular prompts (in all befriending and group sessions) to stand up and avoid prolonged periods of sitting.

GCU’s Professor Dawn Skelton developed the Functional Fitness MOT, a programme designed to enable older people to be more active in their day-to-day life regardless of age by concentrating on balance, strength and endurance, which is now part of Roar’s activity sessions.

Work by Sedentary Behaviour researchers at GCU including Dr Sebastien Chastin and Dr Philippa Dall, within the Medical Research Council-funded Seniors: Understanding Sedentary Patterns project has already had a large impact on Roar’s work.

The awards, held in the Scottish Parliament, celebrated people and projects from across the country which support others to feel in control of their health and wellbeing. The event brought together 170 invited guests and MSPs to celebrate powerful partnerships which make a difference to the lives of people living with long term conditions, disabled people and unpaid carers.