Introducing the new wellbeing hub at West End Village!

Date: 19/04/2022

Older woman wearing workout clothes doing a low intensive workout classThis month we’re launching a new wellbeing hub at West End Village. The hub will help residents and the wider community regain confidence and improve their health and wellbeing after the pandemic.

This comes as many older people are still isolating themselves from COVID-19 which is impacting their overall health and wellbeing. 70% of over 70s say they feel uneasy leaving their own home because of COVID-19.

Nathan Smith Activities Coordinator at West End Village explains. “We noticed residents’ mobility had reduced and some were still isolating themselves from Covid-19.

“It was clear that the pandemic was having a knock-on effect to resident’s overall health and wellbeing. We decided to launch the wellbeing hub at the village to help residents make their health more of a priority.

“For people looking to get more active the village gym is open to both residents and the wider community. It’s super affordable from just £15 with no monthly contracts. Simon, the gym manager, can also help people tailor their workout plan to suit different abilities too.

“The village catering team will be getting involved too. They've promised a new and exciting slimmers breakfast and lots of pre-made healthy lunch options to help residents trying to lose weight.

“Alongside that we have digital health workshops and exercise classes like line dancing, Qi-Gong and the groove it or lose it sessions at the village.

 “Also starting on 6 April residents and the wider community can join afternoon (4.30pm) and evening (6.30pm) Slimming World group sessions to help people improve their diet and overall health. The sessions will cost £5.95 for under 60s and £5.65 for over 60s with a £5 joining fee. There’s also a special welcome offer where new members can save £16.50 for signing up for 12 weeks.

“Stoke-on-Trent City Council will also continue to provide a 12-week falls prevention programme. Providing strength training exercises to residents to prevent falls at home.”

Older woman standing with a fitness instructor smiling

Resident Ann has been attending for five weeks and has already seen a difference: “The classes have been brilliant! It was hard at first but I’m glad I stuck with it.”

“Before the sessions I relied heavily on my mobility scooter as I have arthritis and spondylitis. But the falls prevention sessions have helped me to get back on my feet.

“I no longer rely on my mobility scooter as much. I can now walk down from my flat to the community room to do the session and then back again! The sessions have helped me to improve my quality of life.”

If you’re interested in joining any of the wellbeing hub activities, call the village team today to book your space on 01782 848852.

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