A group of Merlin Housing Society volunteers are being trained to deliver special chair exercise keep fit classes for its customers.
It’s all part of the work the organisation is doing to ensure people stay healthy and active as they get older
And with this year’s Mental Health Week (13th – 19th May) having a focus on how physical activity can help improve mental wellbeing, the training is timely.
“We all know the physical importance of keeping fit,” says Lorna Giles, Senior Activities Coordinator for the Society “but staying active can lift your mood, and reduce stress.
“We put on chair exercise classes for our residents and they are very popular, so we’re training up some of the people who volunteer with us so we can run even more of them.”
“Our Activities Service is about supporting people over 55 to take part in classes like this, as well as getting out and about on trips and holidays. With research suggesting that loneliness is as bad for the health as 15 cigarettes a day, it helps people maintain their health and wellbeing and stay independent for as long as possible. It’s also a great way to make new friends.”
Recognising that people may need some help to get involved, the Society has just started a referral system for its Activities Service where older people who are experiencing feelings of loneliness or isolation can receive 1-2-1 support to help build their confidence to take part in activities.
If you’re a customer of Merlin, over 55 and you want more information about the Activities Service, call 01454 821080 or email firstname.lastname@example.org