Gym News

Volunteer Profile - Annemette

 My name is Annemette Jepsen. I am 25 years old and I live in Bow, London. I was born and  raised in Denmark where I have lived the most of my life. I like to travel and experience new  things, learn from people and different cultures and societies.

Groups & classes

Our various groups and classes have seen an increase of over 100% attendance this year. We now run Heart Ability , It’s Never too late, Keep fit with Learning Disabilities, Reach Ability for MS , Reach Ability – mixed abilities, Keep Moving with Stroke, Keep moving with Diabetes, Ladies only and Positive Steps! Positive Steps features extra components of: a walking group – Fridays at 2pm , where a small group go walking in the lovely Victoria park and classes at Bow Haven and The Bromley by Bow centre , all lead by Drew which are very successful.

Team changes

As you may have noticed the gym is very busy these days with ever increasing demand; the waiting list has 63 people on, which is around a 3 month wait. Now that we have many groups here including the newly launched It’s Never too late and Heart Ability there are times when you may find as a wheelchair user you will have to wait to enter; there is a limit of 5 wheelchairs at one time due to health & safety so please ask for a timetable if you want to avoid particularly busy times.

Our Appeal

To bring you up to speed on our service and financial situation we recently put an appeal letter out to over 400 contacts. You may have seen it in the press; we asked for volunteers and donations to help our team to reduce the waiting list and provided graphics which illustrate our financial position and membership breakdown etc.

Out & About at local events

We've been busy connecting with local people at a whole range of fetes and community events over the summer. We offer health checks and talk about our service and the benefits of exercise for people with long-term health conditions or disabilities.

Improve your mental wellbeing

Our Positive Steps programme encourages people with depression, anxiety and other mental health problems to exercise. Evidence has proven that exercise is very beneficial to our mental health. It is believed that exercise releases chemicals in our brain that make us feel good.

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