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Active Wellbeing in Wandsworth
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Active Wellbeing launched as a pilot in January 2016 to tackle physical inactivity amongst people with mental illness (SMI) in Wandsworth. Research shows there are higher rates of mortality due to cardiovascular disease in this group compared to the general population. The Active Wellbeing programme seeks to combat this through a range of stimulating physical exercise activities.
What we do
People are matched with an instructor to undertake a tailored, 1:1 exercise programme for up to 12 weeks (one hour a week) in a local leisure centre, gym or outdoors. They are invited for an initial assessment with their paired instructor to take key measures (e.g. weight, blood pressure, etc), establish current physical activity levels & current mental wellbeing scores, and create person-centred goals as part of an action plan.
Participants are encouraged to exercise in between sessions and are given a menu of options to sustain physical activity and following their exit from the programme. For example, Active Lifestyles group exercise classes and concession rate gym membership with Enable Leisure & Sport or People for Places. Participants are seen at 3, 6 and 12 months to monitor their physical activity levels.
People are also supported to sustain their improved wellbeing beyond the life of this programme by enrolling or engaging in ongoing fitness programmes or other regular activities such as gardening, walking groups, volunteering or becoming fitness coaches themselves.
Who is it for?
There are two sets of criteria you must meet in order to access Active Wellbeing. These are:
- A diagnosis of severe mental illness, e.g. schizophrenia, bi-polar, psychosis, etc.
- You need to be registered with a GP in Wandsworth
We accept referrals from community mental health teams, voluntary sector staff, supported housing staff and GPs.