A BRAND new exercise class will be starting in the New Year to help residents struggling with arthritic joints.

Further to the provision of ESCAPE-pain courses in the community, residents can now benefit from an ongoing exercise class, ‘Joint Effort’, designed for anyone living with arthritis hoping to help keep their joints strong and mobile.

The lead instructor for the course is qualified to work with people living with arthritis and will give advice and education around how to manage pain, as well as options and information about doing the correct type of exercise.

Cllr Julian Grubb, whose portfolio covers health and wellbeing, said: “Not only will this help people live a more active, mobile life with less reliance on medication, it also provides an excellent social opportunity with like-minded people.”

The Joint Effort sessions will start on January 15 at Batchley Community Centre and run each Wednesday at 1pm for one hour.

Sessions cost £3.30 on a pay as you go basis.

This is a community class which means there is no need to book, participants can just turn up and join in.

For more information, call 01527 881404 or email hayley.gwilliam@bromsgroveandredditch.gov.uk.