At Serenity Wellbeing Services, we recognise that good mental health and wellbeing are an integral part of every persons’ life and that everyday physical activities can improve our mental health, wellbeing, levels of happiness and life satisfaction.
We offer service users the opportunity to train and become more active in their daily lives by using the personal experiences we have gained in how exercise can help decrease the effects of mental health symptoms and improve daily lives.
As can be seen from the MCRACTIVE ‘Greater Sports Pilot Plan’ 23.8% (103,600 people) of Greater Manchester’s population are inactive, (participating in les than 30 Minutes exercise per week) with the highest inactivity levels in the far south and north east of the city,inactivity levels in these areas is between 32.5% - 41.1%. It can also be seen that in theseareas are also in the high risk categories of developing CVD (cardiovascular disease) overthe next 10 years.
We therefore think that our service users would benefit greatly by reducing levels of inactivity, improving mental health, improving general health and also promoting community inclusion.
It is our aim to work with people at all stages of their recovery journey, whether it be one to one support, group fitness sessions or just an affordable membership with distant support at a safe, community orientated gym based in Ancoats, Manchester. We would also be more than happy to work with anyone who does not feel ready to leave their home, we could attend a class such as yoga, swimming or even go for a walk in a local park/community.
Other similar programmes within the Manchester area may only see clients for 12 weeks and then they are discharged and expected to join a gym on their own with no support which can put people off and they go back to their old ways.
This is why we would like to offer a minimum of 6 months’ support, with the chance to complete a further 6 months if needed; to slowly help people integrate back into the community whilst improving their all round health and outlook on life.
We want to encourage people to do things in their own time rather than feel pushed to do things in a certain time frame as this can be detrimental to their recovery journey.
We have currently work alongside a number of other support services based in Manchester, they attend our supported weekly fitness classes, and also offer advice on becoming active and nutrition guidance on a voluntary basis.
We believe our services will bring people together, helping to create a positive mind set amongst the service users attending, increasing their general health and fitness, whilst decreasing some of the symptoms of mental health conditions.