AN experienced Aikido instructor is showing Halstead residents how to minimise harm when taking a tumble... for free.

Halstead Leisure Centre, operated and run by Fusion Lifestyle, is currently holding the programme called Safety Falls every Tuesday until July 9.

It’s an initiative, in partnership and funded by Braintree Council, to help older people learn how to fall safely and minimise harm from a fall if one does happen.

The lessons take place between 10.30am to 11.30am and are taught by Rob Lardner, an instructor who teaches the Japanese martial art of Aikido.

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A Fusion Lifestyle spokesman said: "During the session, participants can practice recovery techniques, as well as try specially designed exercises to build strength.

“This practical and informative course is delivered by Rob Lardner, who is passionate about giving people the skills and tools that can assist them to stay fit, well and healthy into their later years.”

Anyone interested in attending does not necessarily have to take part, they are welcome to watch and learn from the instructor demonstrating the falling and recovery techniques.

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The lessons are available for up to 15 people per session from the Halstead community.

Fusion Lifestyle is accepting GP or health professional referrals for the course for free spaces onto the course.

For more information or to book, email