DEMENTIA Friendly Keighley (DFK) is restarting its popular Tai Chi for Health classes.

The sessions – for people with dementia, their carers and DFK volunteers – haven't been held since March due to lockdown.

But they will resume next Tuesday (Sept 22) at Oakworth Village Hall, from 1.45pm to 2.45pm.

Maggie Marsden, for DFK, said: "We're delighted that we can get the tai chi up and running again.

"The sessions have been very much missed.

"People who came to the group before Covid-19 struck have said that they feel they've lost strength as a result of missing the classes. Some have reported having falls – and all miss the relaxation that tai chi brings."

The classes are run by Philip Sheridan and Helen Parsons, of Discover Tai Chi.

"Both are passionate about using evidence-based practice to support people with their health and wellbeing and take pride in offering a warm welcome and a safe and inclusive space for everyone," added Maggie.

"The sessions are planned specifically to help maintain strength, improve balance and aid relaxation – the very concerns that those living with dementia say they need help with."

Various measures will be in place to guard against Covid-19.

Participants will be expected to wear masks on entering and leaving the building, but not during the session itself.

Sanitising stations will be available and people will be asked to sanitise their hands on arrival.

Windows and doors at the hall will be open to ensure good ventilation, so participants are advised to wear warm clothing – particularly on cooler days.

Places are limited, so anyone wishing to attend should book on 07452 773788.

People will also be required to provide contact details for track and trace purposes.

The classes are free, but donations to support the running of the group are welcome.