FitLine, an Age & Opportunity initiative, is a volunteer telephone line designed to help older people who want to feel a bit healthier, but perhaps don’t have the motivation, confidence or information on where or how to take that first step. The service is completely free.
The FitLine team are encouraging people to give them a call and learn more. After you’ve made the first call, a FitLine mentor will arrange a time to ring you every two weeks until you’re happy with your progress.
“I have been with FitLine for a few years and it gives me a great lift to get a phone call every couple of weeks. They have good advice. I live on my own and I love having someone from FitLine ring me regularly,” said Joe, a FitLine participant in Dublin.
Some find it easy to be physically active but for others it’s not so simple. Perhaps you don’t know what activity to do or you lose motivation. This is a difficult time for people worldwide as Covid-19 has forced us to change the way we live, but Age & Opportunity are continuing to provide safe opportunities for people to be more active.
“FitLine gave me the push I needed to stop making excuses to get up and get active,” said Anne, a FitLine participant in Cork.
FitLine mentors are volunteer older people who understand the challenges of getting active. They’ll give you information, advice and gentle encouragement to get moving over the phone.
Age & Opportunity is the national organisation that provides a range of opportunities for older people who want to get more involved in arts and culture, sport and physical activity, civic engagement and personal development. They’ve recently received funding with the support of Sport Ireland and Healthy Ireland’s Keep Well Campaign to take FitLine national.