We Can Keep Active
12th May 2009
A new project, WECAN Keep Active, will offer people with mental health problems across West Cornwall the chance to join local sports clubs, and give their health and wellbeing a boost.
Through links with sports clubs in West Cornwall, WE CAN Keep Active is offering eight free taster sessions to encourage people to take up a sport. The booking line opened this week and will close on Friday 29th May, offering a range of activities starting in June including surfing, sailing, gig rowing, walking, cycling, athletics and tennis.
Adrian Sellers, Occupational Therapist with the West Cornwall Community Mental Health Team said "We're really lucky in West Cornwall to have such a huge range of outdoor sports clubs with some top class instructors. And if you join a club you know you are in safe hands. It's also a great way to meet people and make new friends. When we do sport regularly, it helps us to feel more relaxed and confident, and less anxious. It boosts our mood and helps us feel better."
He continued "Through our other project WE CAN Get Active, over the past three years more than 150 people with mental health problems have tried sports or fitness activities they might otherwise not have tried. Now we want to give them the chance to get involved in groups and classes that meet weekly. To encourage this, we're offering eight free sessions with each club. After that if people want to keep going we may be able to help them with the cost of the annual club membership."
Through March and April, WECAN Keep Active helped people across Penwith join local clubs that meet indoors including salsa dancing, Tai Chi, badminton and the gym. Now as we approach summer, the focus turns to outdoor activities right across West Cornwall.
Extra tuition will be available at the first few sessions to help boost confidence. Volunteer mentors will provide support and encouragement to ensure those taking part enjoy the experience.
The WE CAN Keep Active Project has been designed to help breakdown the barriers which can stop a person with mental health problems from joining a sports club or taking up a fitness programme.
The sessions are open to anyone living in the Penwith and Kerrier areas of Cornwall who experience difficulties with their mental health, whether they are registered with a mental health team, seeing their doctor or dealing with the problem on their own.
For more information or to book a place, call 01209 313419 between Tuesday 5 May and Friday 29 May or click www.wchlc.org.uk/wecankeepactive.cfm.
WECAN Keep Active is a partnership between Cornwall Healthy Living Centre, Penwith Community Development Trust, Cornwall Partnership NHS Trust, Pentreath, Cornwall Health Promotion Service, Volunteer Cornwall and the Hub Club at Carn Brea.
The project has been funded by Penwith and Kerrier District Councils, the Hub Club, and Cornwall Health Promotion.