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Wellbeing Swimming

NEW MINDFUL SPORT SESSIONS

 

The Mindful Sport programme, which launched in March this year, has proved so popular that additional sport sessions have been placed on the agenda. The new Wellbeing Swimming Session is due to start on Monday 12 September – and will take place every Monday thereafter, at Robinson Pool, from 3pm – 4pm.

 

The session will be an informal and social group with coach present to offer advice and support to those who would like it. Familiar staff from other Mindful sport sessions will be present to welcome participants.

 

The Mindful Sport programme of #Just Turn Up wellbeing sessions offers bespoke activity sessions for people experiencing conditions such as generalised anxiety disorder, eating disorders, panic attacks and stress.

 

Cllr Sarah-Jayne Holland, Portfolio Holder for Leisure and Culture, said: “Feedback has shown us that all #Just Turn Up participants have experienced an improved feeling of wellbeing following each session. We believe that the new swimming sessions will also prove to be a big hit.”

 

Cllr Louise Jackson, Portfolio Holder for Public Health, said: “Vigorous exercise, like swimming, can significantly decrease both anxiety and depression. Robinson Pool offers a relaxed setting for people as they take part in activities which help to release those natural feel-good endorphins that occur after exercise.”

 

Working in partnership with Fusion Leisure is exciting, as the pool is opening its doors following refurbishment and the session will also offer a social group after the swimming for participants to meet with NHS staff and relax in the upgraded facilities.

 

Key highlights from the wellbeing activity programme include:

·         Two participants, who attended the daytime yoga session for over 8 weeks, improved their self-esteem to such an extent that they have returned to full/part-time work.

·         Two volunteers with lived experience of mental health conditions have supported the sessions and one has gone on to complete their NPLQ and become a Lifeguard. One volunteer stated “Since volunteering with the programme I have learnt a number of skills and been able to share my own experiences with others. It has allowed me to find stability in my life. I am very grateful to the team of staff involved.”

·         The programme was recognised by MIND as a national network and information on the development of the session was used at a national conference for governing bodies.

·         With over 7 different conditions recorded, and consistent improved feelings of wellbeing reported, the sessions have shown strong evidence of supporting a key section of the local community.

 

For more information on Just Turn Up’s Wellbeing Hub, contact Sports Development Officer, Robert Lindsay, on 01234 718825 or email robert.lindsay@bedford.gov.uk

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