Steady Steps

We’re so happy to be back delivering this programme again.  Like everyone, we’ve had to adapt for COVID-19.  Things might be a little different and not all our classes will be starting immediately but our friendly team of instructors are here to welcome you back and help you stay active with us in a safe, but most of all enjoyable way.  For now, we can support participants in a range of ways, including in-venue classes, live streamed classes, pre-recorded classes and pre-recorded educational content.  

Our team are contacting participants to let them know about this support. You can also get in touch with us by emailing or calling 0131 458 2260. 

Steady Steps is a community-based physical activity referral programme delivered by Edinburgh Leisure and supported by the Edinburgh Health & Social Care Partnership. 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 sessions at one of our venues. Participants are also encouraged to complete home exercises twice a week for the duration of the programme.  

 All sessions are delivered by a Postural Stability Instructor who has completed specialist training. 

What happens at a session?  

The sessions include a warm- up, followed by specific exercises designed to improve balance, endurance, strength and flexibility. Then a cooldown, followed by an opportunity to chat to other participants and your Steady Steps instructor. All exercises will be adapted to individual ability so that no exercise is too easy or too difficult for you. There are also seated alternatives available for all exercises.  

How much does it cost?  

Each session lasts 1 hour and 15 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 feel you would benefit from taking part in Steady Steps 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 and invite you to your first session at your nearest available venue. 

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 on a regular basis. 

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

You can enjoy this real-time Steady Steps class from the comfort of your own home. Brought to you by our very own instructor Michael - enjoy!  

Only attempt the class if you feel well enough to do so and ensure your fitness space is safe and clear of any hazards. If at any point you feel sick, dizzy or ill, STOP and seek medical advice. Remember to stay hydrated throughout your class. 

“... 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.” 

The main changes you will see:

Things are a little different and always evolving, but our friendly team are looking forward to welcoming you and we’ve put the following measures in place to ensure you feel safe and enjoy your experience with us. The health and safety of our customers is what matters to Edinburgh Leisure most. 

  • We have safety guidance signage throughout our venues
  • There are sanitisation stations to use before and after each visit 
  • All activities are timetabled with staggered session start times to reduce congestion
  • We are now cashless and accept contactless payments 

  • We ask that anyone feeling ill or showing signs of COVID-19 do not attend our venues and follow NHS guidelines 
  • We ask that you arrive no earlier than 5 minutes prior to your booked Steady Steps class. If there is a moving queue outside the venue, please join the queue and keep a safe physical distance whilst entering the building.
  • Face coverings have been made mandatory and must be worn when in indoor communal areas (e.g. when you enter a venue). Customers do not have to wear them when taking part in their activity.
  • Please sanitise/wash your hands before, during, and after your class.
  • Please maintain a physical distance between yourself and others at all times.
  • Please be aware of any floor markings, which have been measured out and follow the guidance of one customer in each floor space.
  • Follow the safety guidance in place in the venue including wearing face-coverings in non-activity areas.