YMCA Engage is a programme of chair-based exercise activities for older people in a variety of settings including care, nursing and retirement homes. Each activity session aims to promote an individual’s mobility and more precisely their co-ordination, balance, strength and flexibility. Sessions are fun, encouraging and light-hearted with our specialist coaches tailoring and adapting each hour to the requirements of the group.

A typical session consists of individual activities, group games and challenges to encourage competition and reminiscence through sport, as well as more cognitively focused games which aim to challenge short-term memory, concentration, perception, visual and spatial processing and problem solving.

We currently deliver our sessions in approximately 40 homes across East Sussex, visiting over 500 older adults each month in our fight against social isolation and loneliness.

Our mission is to bring older adults together through exercise, irrespective of their age or ability, and to improve their general well-being and quality of life.

YMCA Engage runs a placement & volunteering programme with the University of Brighton, Sport Coaching (BSc) students who volunteer their time and help deliver our exercise sessions to improve their coaching skills and apply learned theory into a practical and diverse context. We train and mentor our students throughout this process to support their transition from an assistant coach, to a competent lead coach with the opportunity of paid work. Our intergenerational work is an important part of our service, giving young people the chance to develop important skills and find a direction within their respective careers, whilst making a huge difference to older adults living in care. We are also developing opportunities to involve our young people through learning, mentoring and volunteering opportunities – watch this space.

If you would like more information or to book a discounted taster session for your home then please contact the YMCA Engage Team on:

T 01323 412412
Office: Chantry House, 22 Upperton Road, Eastbourne BN21 1BF