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Older residents get fit and healthy in Rayleigh

16 June 2016
Residents from The Lavers taking part in an Active Life session.

Older residents in Rayleigh are living a healthy lifestyle through exercise classes thanks to a funding award from Rochford Housing.

Chair-based exercises

The donation from Maureen’s Gift has funded a series of chair-based exercise classes at Rochford Housing’s retirement scheme, The Lavers, where residents have been taking part in fun fitness sessions to improve health and wellbeing, as well as positively interacting with neighbours.

“New skills and enhancing residents’ lives”

Emma Keegan, managing director of Rochford Housing, said: “The group has been having a fantastic time learning new skills and we’re delighted to invest in activities which will really enhance the lives of residents.”

“Age isn’t a barrier”

Sarah Potts from Active Life, who has been delivering the exercise classes, added: “We have been working closely with Rochford Housing to deliver the chair-based workouts; we have participants in their 60s, 70s and 80s, which goes to show that age isn’t a barrier to staying fit and healthy. The emphasis is to improve the health and wellbeing of the residents and they’re really enjoying the classes.”

Maureen’s Gift

Maureen’s Gift funding supports charities, resident groups and voluntary organisations in need of donations to help deliver community activities. It was set up in 2011 in memory of local community champion and former chairperson of the Rochford Housing Association board, Maureen Vince.

To apply or find out more, contact the Rochford Housing office, quoting Maureen’s Gift on either 0300 1233511 or 0800 131 3348. Alternatively, email getinvolved@sanctuary-housing.co.uk.