Our Active Wellbeing programme is delivered in partnership with Enable Leisure & Culture.
Our Active Wellbeing aims to tackle physical inactivity amongst people with mental illness in Wandsworth.
Why is exercise important for improving mental health?
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.
People are matched with an instructor to undertake a tailored, 1:1 exercise programme for 10 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.
How does it work?
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.
How do we help?
Service users are 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?
- Adults aged 18 years +
- Individuals with a diagnosis of severe mental illness, e.g. schizophrenia, bi-polar, psychosis, etc.
- You need to be registered with a GP in Wandsworth or live in Wandsworth
- We accept referrals from community mental health teams, voluntary sector staff, supported housing staff and GPs.
Email: [email protected]
Tel: 020 8871 7469
201-203 Tooting High Street, SW17 0SZ
Quotes from service users:
I have gained so much confidence in myself over the course of the programme, despite the fact that my sessions were a little disjointed due to personal reasons, I feel that it really helped me to progress as a person, giving me new found motivation, so I thank the team and programme for giving me back my sense of self.
I went from doing virtually no physical activity to now exercising every day. This has enabled me to overcome some physical disabilities that I’ve had for 5 years and I can now open my front door on my own! My confidence has improved. My mental health has improved significantly – my fitness instructor was lovely and so empathetic. I no longer feel hopeless, the routine of attending each week gave my life a routine that I’ve continued to follow and this helps my mood from going down.