Steady Steps - Physical Activity ReferralProgramme

Steady Steps is for anyone who has had or is at risk of having a fall. The programme is delivered over 16 weeks with participants attending weekly classes, followed by a cuppa and a chat. at one of our venues. Participants are also encouraged to complete home exercises twice a week.  

Who delivers the sessions?

All classes are delivered by a qualified instructor who has completed specialist postural stabilitytraining. 

What happens at a session?  

Our Steady Steps classes last for 1hr and include a warm-up, followed by specific exercises designed to improve balance, endurance, strength and flexibility and rounded off with a short cooldown. All exercises can be adapted to your ability and there are seated options for all exercises.

Classes are followed by a well-deserved tea or coffee and the opportunity to chat to your instructor and other participants.

To see what type of exercise you will do in one of our Steady Steps class you can click on this link to view an online session

How much does it cost?  

Each class lasts 1 hour and 30 minutes and costs £16 for 16 weeks (that is only £1 per class!) 

How can I access it?  

Referrals can be made by a range of Health professionals including Physiotherapists and Occupational Therapists. If you think Steady Steps could help you, please speak to your health professional who can make a referral on your behalf. Once we receive your referral a member of our Active Communities team will contact you to invite you to your first session. 

What happens after the programme?  

At the end of the 16-week programme, you should feel more confident taking part in physical activity. Your Steady Steps instructor will discuss a range of options which meet your needs and allow you to continue to be physically active. 

For more information about Steady Steps please contact our Active Communities team on 0131 458 2260 or email

“... the class has given me confidence to get on with everyday life. I’ve gotten stronger and no longer stress about using public transport.” “’s very welcoming, upbeat and social which encourages me to come each week” 

“... I seem to have lost that fear of falling...” 

“... forget all preconceived ideas about exercise, this was fun!” 

“... Steady Steps was the best thing that ever happened to me after the fall I had.” “...there are lots of different abilities and the instructor makes everyone feel very comfortable.” 

 Steady Steps is a community-based physical activity referral programme delivered by Edinburgh Leisure and supported by the Edinburgh Health & Social Care Partnership.