A new weekly Fit 4 All activity session will be launched at Kirkoswald Church Institute on Wednesdays 1.15-3.15pm from the 5 June thanks to a £10,000 grant from the LACEUP fund.
This extra funding will also allow the popular sessions which already run at Shap Memorial Hall on Wednesdays from 9.45-11.45am and Dufton Village Hall on Thursdays from 1.30-3.30pm to continue.
Fit 4 All is a community activity scheme offering a range of gentle activities designed to help people in their older years become more active in a friendly, sociable setting in their own community.
The sessions were set up and are funded by the Leisure and Communities Team of Eden District Council with GLL as the provider and are led by a friendly activity facilitator offering a range of activities including movement, gentle exercise, sports and games.
The extra funding which has allowed Kirkoswald to be added to the Fit 4 All locations in Eden came through a successful funding application to the Sport England and Action with Communities in Rural England (ACRE) pilot project called LACEUP which promotes cost effective physical activity, engagement in sport and healthy lifestyles in rural communities; getting inactive people to become more active. The LACEUP grant has been secured with the help of ACT (Action with Communities in Cumbria) who are the local partner for the grant.
The Fit 4 All sessions in Eden are informal, allowing people to take part as much or as little as they like, whilst helping to increase levels of physical activity to help improve health and well-being. The range of activities includes warm up, badminton, indoor bowls, seated exercise, table tennis, dance, boccia, walking and board games.
Sally Hemsley, Communities Officer at Eden District Council said: “We are delighted to have secured the extra funding from LACEUP to extend the Fit 4 All scheme in Eden. Whilst the activity side of the sessions is really important in helping to improve health and wellbeing in later years, equally as important is the social side of things – the chance to chat over a cup of tea and to get together with friends old and new. This helps to reduce rural and social isolation.”
The quotes below from participants demonstrate the difference that the sessions are making to their lives:
‘At 85 years of age, this is keeping me alive!….When I started I couldn’t get out of the chair, so I did the exercises from the chair, now I can do them standing’
‘When I suffer ill health I can feel trapped in the home…. I suffer from depression in the winter months – these sessions help.’
‘The best part of this is that I can bring my husband (who has dementia) and he can do the activities alongside me. The social aspect is as important as the physical aspect.’
There is a small charge of £3 per session and the sessions currently run up until the end of September 2019. There is no need to sign up for all the sessions, just come along to the sessions that are convenient.
For more information telephone 01768 817817 and ask for the Leisure and Communities Team or email: [email protected]