An exercise group that organises classes for adults with additional needs have received vital funding from Reach Rushcliffe to extend the provision into the upcoming winter months.
Working as part of the Meet, Greet and Eat project, the ‘Project Believe’ exercise class organisers have received the funds from Rushcliffe Borough Council’s project that will assist with costs of the qualified trainer, the purchase of equipment and the cost of hiring a venue.
The classes provide participants with physical activity training to improve their mental health and reduce social isolation and to also to give helpful information on weight loss and management, health and nutrition and how to improve balance and coordination.
They meet every Thursday at All Hallows Church Hall in Lady Bay in West Bridgford and are inviting new members to join the classes.
The Council’s Portfolio Holder for Communities and Climate Change Cllr Abby Brennan said: “It’s brilliant to provide funding to another community project that gives essential support to those at risk of social isolation and loneliness in our communities.
“These classes not only provide those attending with a structured exercise routine, which is incredibly important for their physical and mental health, but also a social aspect so members can meet regularly to interact and reconnect.
“As we continue to adapt to a post COVID restrictions environment, it’s vital we continue to support those who may be vulnerable within our community.
“We would encourage any organisations also looking to reduce social isolation in their part of Rushcliffe to apply for funding through Reach Rushcliffe by visiting www.rushcliffe.gov.uk/reachrushcliffe/.”
Project Coordinator Farah Jamil said: “We are delighted to receive this funding from Reach Rushcliffe to purchase equipment and continue our classes indoors, as we previously held them outdoors during the warmer summer months.
“Physical exercise is so important and we know health issues can be complex so to be able to fund a trained health professional is amazing, we can now monitor progress and participants’ fitness levels accordingly.
“Many have struggled with mental health over the last year and a half and it has especially affected those with additional needs, so it’s great to be able to give our class attendees an opportunity to continue to progress with this initiative.”