Gym News

Inspiring Individual: Meet Derek

For people living with multiple sclerosis (MS), symptoms and behaviours may often be misunderstood, while emotional changes including anxiety, depression and stress can rapidly appear.

This doesn’t stop our gym member of seven years Derek Farrar from making the most of life and maintaining a positive and confident attitude. We hear from Derek on how he has been able to utilise the empowering support from Ability Bow staff and other service users to help manage his condition and why he feels the gym is vital to his life.

Meet Stuart

Earlier this year, we said goodbye to our longstanding and outstanding Marketing and Communications Coordinator, Lorna Dorrell.

At the end of last month, we hired Stuart Wilson, who we're delighted to welcome as Lorna's replacement. 

Protecting Our Service - An Update

In November 2016, due to a lack of adequate government funding, we hit a funding crisis , and we were forced to reduce to a skeleton service losing half our staff and reducing services.  This means that currently the gym is open for people who are well enough to exercise independently after their 12 weeks of support , but is closed for people with complex needs who need continuing one:one help afterwards . Sadly that’s 60% of people referred here! 

Why is our gym important?

DeafAbility - Coming Soon!

We have a new exercise group starting soon at Ability Bow which is a health and well-being programme funded by Awards for All. The aim of the programme is for deaf and hard of hearing participants to improve their health and wellbeing through exercise.  With specialist instructors the programme is tailored to the individual regarding additional health conditions that they may have.  With the close help of an instructor monitoring their progress participants will encourage and support each other within a small group before becoming an independent member of our gym .

New Gym Equipment Donated

Ability Bow has been donated an FES Bike

Functional electrical stimulation is a rehab technique which applies an electrical current to paralysed or weakened muscles. FES is used to stimulate the lower motor neurons that connect the spinal cord to your muscles, and evokes patterned movement of the legs or the arms. FES therefore enables your muscles to be exercised, even if you’ve lost some or all voluntary control of them.

Protecting Our Service

In November 2016 we hit a funding crisis . As you may know , currently our service is short term only with all those referred offered just 12 weeks of one :one sessions ,due to lack of government funding. Please see here for more detail . We want this to be temporary and are raising awareness through our appeal to try and regain our unique long term rehab service.