Hampshire fire and Rescue ServiceThe STEER (Safety Through Education and Exercise for Resilience) course is a pioneering exercise regime run by firefighters aiming to help older people to be happy, healthy and remain in their home safely whilst building confidence, reducing the risk of a fall occurring, increasing engagement in community activities.

It consists of 12 weekly sessions, each two hours long. The course combines educational discussions with a structured progressive exercise program for a targeted +65 attendee.  

Every weekly session starts with a friendly cup of tea and catch up. As well as friendships developed throughout the course, attendees are also introduced to local community activities and organisations.  

Courses are held at a local fire station by qualified HFRS trainers and are free to attend. 

Joining a course

There are many ways participants can be signposted to the STEER courses. For example, by:

  • a GP 
  • a friend or family member 
  • a Falls Champion or Falls Friend 
  • contacting Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service themselves to find out about their local courses 

Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service can only allocate places on STEER courses when there are enough candidates to fill a course. This time will vary depending on your location.

The attendee must be:  

  • able to attend the whole 12 week course  
  • over the age of 65 (unless referred by a health professional) 
  • able to participate in low to moderate physical activity  

Find out more by watching this video here:

Or to enquire about STEER courses in your area, contact:

Phone: 023 8062 6751

Email: [email protected]