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Wellbeing in Huntingdon
there is a range of opportunities for physical activity. The information
below outlines a few that are supported by the mental health community:
Walks The Huntingdonshire Health Walks scheme is part of the
national initiative "Walking the Way to Health" in partnership
with the Cambridgeshire NHS. The scheme currently runs in 5 district towns,
Huntingdon, Ramsey, St Ives, St Neots and Yaxley on a regular basis. They
provide people in the community with the opportunity to participate in
organised health walks with trained leaders and volunteers. For more information
follow this link http://www.huntsdc.gov.uk/Health/Health+Walks
and use the walk finder/schedule.
The scheme is funded by Huntingdonshire District Council and Cambridgeshire
Primary Care Trust to help improve the health of the community, promote
active healthy lifestyles and help decrease sedentary-related illness.
Registered Health Professionals can refer individuals who will benefit
from a personalised 12 week exercise programme. The exercise programmes
are designed to meet the needs of the individual and may include gym based
exercises, walking, swimming, exercise classes, cycling and other activities.
If you are
interested in joining the scheme and would like to know more call 01480
388469. In addition more detailed information can be found on the City
Council website http://www.huntsdc.gov.uk/Health/Exercise+Referral+Scheme
Right Start provide exercise classes suited to all abilities, ranging
from chair based to circuit style exercise groups. These sessions run
in St Neots but have also recently been rolled out across the Huntingdon
and St Ives area. For more details about RightStart contact Leisure Development
on 01480 388469.
The Well Life Project is a new project, funded by the Big Lottery Fund
and forms part of the Time to Change . Well Life has two main aims:
Improve the physical and mental wellbeing of people who have experienced
mental health problems, and those who have not, with a particular focus
on the benefits that physical activity can bring to the mind as well
as the body.
• To reduce the stigma and discrimination linked to mental ill-health.
There are two project workers:
The Healthy Living Co-ordinator (Darren Knight) who
is working with people to promote physical activity and also on hand
to discuss healthy diet. He works with groups as well as individuals
on a 1:1 basis (up to 12 sessions), and encourages people to take part
in physical activities ranging from weights and gym work to healthy
walks, yoga and dancing.
He is also introducing people to physical and sporting activities that
they have always wanted to try but for whatever reasons have felt unable
to access. Darren can also accompany people to local sports clubs (e.g.
boating, bowling, rugby, tennis, swimming) for a time limited period
whilst they settle in.
If you think you'd like to work with Darren then please email
him or phone 01480 470480.
The Mental Health Promotion Worker (Jenny Weston) is
largely engaging with various community groups providing mental health
awareness-raising and promoting the importance of physical activity
to maintain a healthy mind and body.
If you know a group who might like to work with Jenny, then please email
her or phone on 01480 470480.
Cambridge | Peterborough | Huntingdon
16 June 2009