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 would like to 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 these areas are also in the high risk categories of developing CVD (cardiovascular disease) over the 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. We would 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 round in their 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.
As well as our ‘Exercise for Mind & Body’ programme, we would also like to offer relaxation technique sessions, such as yoga and meditation sessions both group and one to one, and we hope to launch our ‘Music for The Mind’ programme in the near future.
We have recently started working alongside another support service based in Manchester, providing a weekly open fitness session, advice on becoming active and nutrition guidance is also available.
We also offer discounted gym membership and daily session fee at Proper Gym for their service users and anyone else in the local community with mental health conditions that would like to become more active and needs ongoing support during their recovery, we have done this so we can begin helping people straight away whilst we have limited places on our 6 month supported programme.
We are currently fundraising as we would ideally like to be able to offer our services free of charge where possible, as we feel that it is important that everyone should have the opportunity to receive the same support, especially those from disadvantaged backgrounds. We feel that if we were to charge for our services that some may not be able to participate for monetary reasons, as we all know how hard things are for us all at the moment financially.
Our ‘Exercise for Mind & Body Scheme’ is based at Proper Gym, Ancoats.
This includes a 26-week gym membership with a weekly one to one support session with a qualified personal trainer to ensure full confidence in the gym and to encourage and motivate clients in anyway we can.
During the final phase of the programme support can be accessed from one of our volunteer ‘fitness ambassadors’ based in the gym or even train with us to become a ‘fitness ambassador' themselves, to assist the co-ordinator with the running of the future sessions and provide support & guidance to new service users.
We believe this programme will bring people together, helping to create a positive mind set amongst the service users attending, increasing general health and fitness, whilst decreasing some of the symptoms of mental health conditions.
Any donations raised will be used to provide more places on our 'Exercise for Your Mind & Body Programme', fitness classes and to buy new training equipment.
For more info on Serenity Wellbeing Services CIC, the services we provide or for referrals please see our website www.serenitywellbeingservices.org.uk