A MAJOR event aimed at reducing the risk of falls is being held in Keighley.

Several organisations and services are coming together to offer help and guidance to the public.

People will also be given advice about how they can ‘boost their bones’.

The initiative – at the Airedale Shopping Centre on Thursday, October 3, between 10am and 1pm – is being staged as part of a wider Falls Awareness Week.

Among those involved in the Keighley event is Bradford District Care NHS Foundation Trust, whose falls prevention team will be on hand to provide free tips.

Also giving support are Age UK, Airedale NHS Foundation Trust, Bradford Council and the Royal Osteoporosis Society.

Sharon Bond, the care trust’s falls prevention team leader, said: “Many people see falling as an inevitable part of growing old, but we want to spread awareness of things people can do to avoid falls at home and while they are out and about.

“Things such as clearing walkways so you don’t trip or doing simple seated exercises to improve your balance can make a huge difference to someone’s likelihood of falling. We will run through measures like this and more at the event.”

Steve Seymour, manager of the Airedale Shopping Centre, said he was delighted at the centre’s involvement.

He added: “By working in partnership with these organisations, we are able to bring potentially life-changing services to our customers.

“The centre provides a perfect back-drop for this event.

“Shoppers will have the chance to speak to a range of professionals who they otherwise might not have such easy access to, in a friendly and relaxed environment.

“Members of the community will be able to receive great advice, as well as discuss any concerns or queries they may have. By doing so, it will hopefully help people feel more confident and safer when they are out and about.

“I’m sure the day will prove worthwhile to everyone involved.”

Visitors will also be able to talk with representatives of the Royal Osteoporosis Society Fracture Liaison Service, as well as Age UK, dietitians, and physiotherapy and podiatry services.

Tips for avoiding falls at home include immediately mopping-up spillages; removing clutter, trailing wires and frayed carpet; using non-slip mats and rugs and wearing well-fitting shoes that are in good condition.