Exercise and personal development sessions on offer in Soham

Local residents taking part in similar sessions

Gentle exercise sessions and personal development programmes aimed at those living with long-term neurological conditions in Soham are set to get underway shortly.

With funding support from Sanctuary Housing, local charity Pos+Ability will be providing chair-based exercises and one to one personal development programmes to those who have survived a stroke and are living with conditions ranging from multiple sclerosis to Parkinson’s.

Personal development programmes

In addition to the exercise sessions, the personal programmes will include balance and resistance work, help with memory and cognitive skills, mobility maintenance and coordination, communication and conversation.

This extra peer support will help with personal progression, ranging from improving confidence and self-esteem to maintaining levels of mobility which helps with independent living. 

When are the sessions?

Taking place at the Pavilion Recreation Ground in Soham for two hours a week for six months, the sessions will commence on Wednesday 31 May at 10am. People are encouraged to take part for six months, allowing enough time to feel a benefit from the sessions.

“Reach as many people as we possibly can”

Pos+Ability’s Linda Neate said: “This funding for the setup of these new sessions is gratefully received. Our strategy is to reach as many people as we possibly can and being a Charity, fundraising is one of our biggest challenges.

“Sanctuary has taken some of the stress away, and we sincerely hope that it is not too long before we are able to fill the class with a mixture of local and Sanctuary residents.”

“Boosting confidence and self-esteem”

Sanctuary’s area manager Simon Rudkin added: “The sessions that Pos+Ability are running in Soham provide a great opportunity for people to get involved with an activity that will benefit both their health and well-being. While providing residents with a chance to interact with the rest of their community, the combination of physical exercise and personal development is great for boosting confidence and self-esteem. We hope that everyone feels the benefit and enjoys the sessions.”

Find out more

To find out more about the sessions please contact Linda Neate on 07769 661244 or email lindaneateely@gmail.com

Sanctuary’s Grand Ideas Fund

This project was funded by Sanctuary’s Grand Ideas Fund, which is currently accepting applications for community projects which make a difference to Sanctuary residents and their communities.

To find out more about the fund, please call 01905 335411, email community@sanctuary-housing.co.uk or visit the Grand Ideas Fund online.