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Free exercise classes for knee and hip pain

Do you have hip and knee pain?

Has it lasted more than 3 months?

Are you over 45?

Do you feel you might benefit from a supervised exercise class to help you to gain confidence and manage your pain better?

If so, you might be interested in joining an ESCAPE Pain class.

ESCAPE Pain is a free 6-week programme that uses exercise, education and strategies to help you increase your ability to exercise and manage your hip and knee joint pain better.

Completing this programme will help you to:

  • carry out normal activities
  • manage your symptoms
  • become more active
  • continue to exercise

Find out more about ESCAPE-Pain


Classes are running in Haven Point, Hebburn Central and Jarrow Focus, giving you the option to choose which venue will be best for you.

Start dates

Each programme consists of 2 sessions per week, for 6 weeks (12 sessions in total).

Unfortunately, if you have missed the start date for a programme, you will not be able to start part way through. You will need to book onto the next available programme.

The dates listed below are the start dates for a 6 week programme.

Haven Point start dates

Classes at Haven Point are held on Wednesdays 3pm to 4pm and Fridays 3pm to 4pm.

The start dates for a 6 week programme are:

  • Wednesday 8th January 2020
  • Wednesday 19th February 2020
  • Wednesday 1st April 2020

Jarrow Focus start dates

Classes at Jarrow Focus are held on Tuesdays 12.30pm to 1.30pm and Thursdays 2.45pm to 3.45pm.

The start dates for a 6 week programme are:

  • Tuesday 3 December 2019 (break between Thursday 19 December and Tuesday 7 January)
  • Tuesday 28 January 2020
  • Tuesday 10 March 2020
  • Tuesday 21 April 2020

Hebburn Central start dates

Classes at Hebburn Central are held on Tuesdays 2.30pm to 3.30pm and Thursdays 1.30pm to 2.30pm.

The start dates for a 6 week programme are:

  • Tuesday 3 December 2019
  • Tuesday 14 January 2020
  • Tuesday 25 February 2020
  • Tuesday 7 April 2020

Sign up

To sign up for classes or for information, please contact:

  • Haven Point: 0191 424 7800
  • Hebburn Central: 0191 424 7801
  • Jarrow Focus: 0191 489 4100

Patient testimonials

"I know my knees are stronger because of the work on my muscles and I intend to carry on with the exercises and gym work"

"It has given me the confidence to exercise more than I thought possible at my age and due to the fact that I have osteoarthritis"

"I have benefitted 100% from the class. My right knee is much improved and I have a training programme to help me with the rest of my life"

Watch the video below to hear how the programme helped Regina gain her independence back and allowed her to become physically active again.

Partnered organisations 

  • Academic Health Science Network for the North East and North Cumbria (AHSN NENC)
  • South Tyneside Clinical Commissioning Group
  • Versus Arthritis
  • Health Innovation Network
  • NHS Right Care

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