We were lucky enough to be introduced to Sport for Confidence, by Sue Anderson who leads the Havering Dementia Action Alliance. After hearing of their amazing work, we made contact to organise a meeting. Before we knew it, Rob Walker, the group’s Occupational Therapist had invited us to join a session of Inclusive Cricket.
So on Tuesday we made our way to Everyone Active – Harrow Lodge Sports Centre to join the session and make some new friends. Sport for Confidence aims to help people that have barriers and other difficulties to remain active and to enjoy the benefits of being physically active.
Each session is run by an occupational therapist and a sports coach, to ensure that members can participate in each session. Using this model over the past six years, Sport for Confidence have found that ‘Care Professionals have a unique role to play in making our society more active and therefore more equitable.’
The session was fantastic and we could see first hand how the team made the session accessible for everyone. We all know the benefits of exercise, but the other key benefit is the human connection that you gain from participating in the sessions. It is not only attendees who benefit from these sessions, but the family carers who bring their loved ones are able to connect to people in a similar situation to them. It is hard to describe, other than to say it is heartwarming to see people laughing and smiling and enjoying themselves.
Rob has lots of experience supporting people living with dementia having worked in the community setting developing seated exercise groups for care homes. Rob says tells us:
“It’s a real joy to provide more opportunities for people living with dementia in the community.”
Rob also highlights that the team deliver a virtual #StayConnected service for people who can’t get to a leisure centre or who want to stay active at home. These sessions are currently running on a Monday and Friday, with gentle exercise and fun fitness, so you can start and end your week with some activity.
We are so fortunate to have found out about these sessions and we look forward to spreading the word to ensure that more people know about this fantastic community activity and encourage our clients to age well and remain connected.
Get in touch with your local Radfield Home Care office today and find out more about the support we offer and the difference we can make.