Local Partnerships and News - and a tasty recipe: Members' Bulletin #3

Local Partnership with DeafPlus 

We’re signing people up to our exciting new project in partnership with DeafPlus. If you are deaf or hearing impaired and live in Tower Hamlets we invite you to join us for 2 workshop sessions where we explore ways to live a healthy life, find a boost to our mental wellbeing and to consider our own personal barriers to exercise. Do let us know if you would like to attend the workshops dated 24th February and 1st March. 

Ability Bow Veganuary Recipes

staff member si mohamed sitting at the table with his meal of spiced lentilsThis week we share a special recipe from one of our team. We asked Si Mohamed to share the recipe for one of his favourite weekday meals - it’s a super healthy lentil dish called Moroccan Aades Spiced Lentils - which is easy to make and we think that it tastes delicious. It’s a perfect dish to enjoy on a chilly winter weekend and it’s full of protein and tasty wonderful goodness! Scroll on down to the bottom for the recipe.

Try this at home: Alternative Sit to Stand

Following on from last week’s introduction to Sit to Stand, here is an alternative version to use if you are unable to stand independently. This exercise doesn’t require your legs to move, just your muscles to activate. Just like Sit to Stand, this will help to work the major muscles of your legs, helping you to maintain and improve muscle mass.

  • Sitting in your chair, as straight as possible with your feet either on the floor or on the footplates of your wheelchair, push down through your legs as if you were going to stand. You should feel the muscles in your legs begin to tense

  • Hold the ‘push’ for five seconds, continuing to breathe as normal, then relax

  • Repeat 5-10 times

This week’s news:

  • No surprise that there is no news yet on reopening face to face services, but remember that our livestreamed online exercise sessions can keep you fit from the comfort of your home. It’s important to keep as active as possible but even just moving a little goes a long way in lockdown. For the sessions you’ll just need the internet and your device screen - and to log on to Zoom (which we can help you set up). Get in touch for more information.

  • Rochelle reports that gym members are finding the new ways of paying gym fees really easy, with some people doing over the phone with her talking them through it, and some people paying actually in the exercise session. We’re so pleased that it’s working well and glad that on the whole people find it so easy to do.

  • Some gym members are starting to have their Covid vaccines now, and we are hearing that it’s going well. Do you have a vaccine story to share in a future Members’ Bulletin, to share with others? Our staff team have been invited by City & Hackney CCG to take part in the NHS Covid vaccine programme, so we will also have our vaccines soon.

  • A warm welcome to the members who have recently joined the online exercise programme with instructors Tony and Drew. We’ve had some lovely positive feedback about the livestream sessions from people who are trying out a ‘Taster’ session. It always feels encouraging to hear how the sessions are benefitting our members.

This week’s recipe:  Moroccan Spiced Lentils Aades 


spiced lentils moroccan aades in a bowl●    2 Tbsp olive oil

●    2 cups (340g) brown or green lentils

●    4 garlic cloves, finely chopped

●    1 onion, chopped

●    1 carrot, chopped

●    1 large potato

●    2 ripe medium tomatoes, peeled and finely chopped or grated

●    3 tablespoons of chopped coriander

●    1 tsp ground turmeric

●    ½ tsp tsp ground cumin

●    1 tsp ground paprika (not smoked)

●    1 tsp ground ginger

●    ground pepper and salt to taste

●    1.5 L water or vegetable stock


1.    Saute the onions, garlic and carrot in a heavy based, large pot with 2 Tbsp of olive oil for a few minutes until the onions are a golden brown. Be sure not to have the flame too high, rather a gentle to medium heat would suffice.

2.    Then add the salt, turmeric, cumin, paprika and ginger. Cook, stirring for 5 minutes. Add a small amount to water just to coat the onions, not to burn the ingredients. Stir in the chopped tomatoes and allow to reduce for about 10 minutes.

3.    Add the lentils and cover with water. Bring to the boil, cook covered over a medium heat for about 50-60 minutes, or until the lentils are tender (if the liquids reduce too much during cooking, add as much water as needed). Adjust the seasoning to taste and serve hot. Garnish with fresh coriander or parsley. Enjoy! Si Mohamed


To reduce cooking time, soak the lentils overnight or for a couple of hours before cooking.