Combating social isolation
The Halstead Day Centre wanted to create a programme to encourage people to socialise and take part in activities to promote physical, mental and emotional wellbeing.
The centre wanted to integrate physical activity into their programme of services to improve the strength and balance of their users and encourage more social interaction with each other. The staff felt that introducing exercise sessions would improve their users physical and mental wellbeing as well as maintaining independence.
Halstead Day Care Centre offers a friendly environment for people over 60 who are socially isolated to support independent living. The funding supported a member of staff to be up-skilled in delivering Chair-Based Exercise. They now run the exercise sessions 4 days a week, with the staff noticing improved posture, co-ordination and confidence of all participants.
I love the sessions and I’ve made friends. But most importantly I am now able to stand and walk far better than before. It hopefully means that I can enjoy more independence in my own home for longer.Ivor, a participant