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Older residents get fit and healthy in Liverpool

7 August 2015
Olive Mount, a resident, has a go on the Wii console.

Older residents in Liverpool have been getting fit and kick-starting a healthy lifestyle through stimulating exercise classes thanks to a £1,000 funding award from Sanctuary Housing.

Virtual bowling on the Nintendo Wii and yoga have been on the agenda for residents of all abilities after the donation funded a tutor for chair-based exercises at Olive Mount Community Centre.

The classes at the Wavertree-based centre have encouraged residents to get involved in other forms of physical activity, like swimming and bowls.

As well as enhancing their health and wellbeing, participants in the exercise sessions have been able to interact with other community members, meeting and chatting with fellow residents.

In addition, the funding has also gone towards helping members of the group to learn new digital skills through specialist computer courses. This will see the centre registered with UK Online to support further IT training through the computer project.

Graham Nolan, Sanctuary’s head of neighbourhood partnerships, said: “The group has been having a fantastic time learning new skills, through both the exercise sessions and computer classes, and we’re delighted to invest in activities which will really enhance the lives of residents.”

This initiative was funded by Sanctuary Group’s Community Investment Fund, supporting projects which benefit Sanctuary residents and their communities.