Supporting Independence

The Supporting Independence Programme (SIP)

Have you noticed any recent changes in your health?

Do you have difficulties walking or need help moving about?

Are everyday tasks such as shopping becoming more difficult?

Do you need someone to help you on a regular basis?

When you need help, do you sometimes feel lonely or isolated?

The Supporting Independence Programme provides up to 12 weeks of one to one support for those of us who may have slowed a little, are feeling less confident getting around or who need someone to help on a regular basis.  This could be supporting you to increase your levels of physical activity, helping you to access medication reviews or providing emotional or nutritional support and advice.  Support can be face to face or over the phone depending on your preference.

The Supporting Independence Programme will be available in your local area in April 2019. If you have any questions in the meantime, please contact us at

Falls Prevention

Each year, around one in three people over the age of 65 has a fall resulting in significant injury. Falls are not an inevitable part of growing older, and there are lots of things you can do to help reduce the risk of falling. This includes speaking to your pharmacist about the medicines you are taking, making simple changes to the home environment, and doing exercises to improve strength and balance.

For advice about reducing the risk of falls visit and to find your nearest strength and balance class click here.

Specialist assessment and advice is available from the Falls Prevention Service for those people who have a high fear of falling or a recent history of falling. It is open to anyone who lives in the county, and is made up of a multi-disciplinary team of specialist falls practitioners (including nurses, occupational therapists and physiotherapists, a senior doctor and a podiatrist).

Referrals can be made via your GP.