“The fitness group session was really interesting and I learned a lot about stress and how it affects the body, it really made me think about how simple exercises like a walk every day could help, I’m not really interested in going to the gym but this session made me think about other things I could try and keep doing. The group was very motivating. Thank you for making it interesting.”
We’re an independent community club using exercise and group activities to support our mental health and wellbeing. We’re supported and guided by CVS South Gloucestershire, the Circadian Trust and Wesport, so our group reaches the people who need us.
Therefore, you can can use our Everyone Physically Active services if you’re:
have low to moderate mental health challenges
living in and around South Gloucestershire and Bristol
Thank you for working with us.
We also witness how our group brings people together to peer support each other. And it offers time and space away from our problems.
We mainly play badminton and table tennis at Yate Active Leisure Centre. Our sessions have included Tai Chi, Yoga and Active Stretch, as these activities can reduce stress, improve balance and general mobility.
Our mental health and physical activities group is very much a community group. So we enjoy socialising in the café after our activities.
We supported a retired PE teacher and ex badminton player who had a stroke. They lost their coordination and speech. Through playing badminton with us they regained their coordination. And they appreciated our tea and coffee socials (pre Covid-19 restrictions and lock downs), so they can listen and practise their speaking as well.
Another service user said they hear less voices since becoming more physically active. They took an interest in weight training and became a Yate Active Leisure Centre member.
A carer said, “If it wasn’t for our group, Sam would be lost. Sam wants a social life. To go out and meet people. Sam lives on their own, so they need to socialise and meet people. Chris doesn’t talk much, but it’s important to be with people”.
For data protection: We changed the names in our case study.
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