Fitness, Food and Friends Project Hailed a Success

05 November 2019

The Fitness, Food and Friends project, delivered by Waterloo Housing and charitable trust Magna Vitae Trust for Leisure and Culture, has been a great success.

A series of sessions to improve mental health and physical wellbeing have been hailed a success.

The Fitness, Food and Friends project – which was delivered by Waterloo Housing and charitable trust Magna Vitae Trust for Leisure and Culture over a three week period – offered a range of physical activities, new recipe ideas and health and wellbeing tips.

The sessions – which were held at a community hub located on a new development in Clarkes Way, Skegness – were of particular help to vulnerable and isolated customers and were enjoyed by all those who attended.

Donna Lyons, Community Engagement Officer at Waterloo Housing said: “We were absolutely delighted with the success of our Fitness, Food and Friends project. The sessions focused on how to improve mental health and physical wellbeing using practical tools which were easily transferable into the home. The sessions involved food tasting, cooking and exercise.”

Magna Vitae Trust for Leisure and Culture, a specially created charitable trust which runs leisure, culture and health related services on behalf of East Lindsey District Council, has a long standing relationship with Waterloo Housing, having worked in partnership together on a number of previous projects.

The sessions were funded through the TED project - managed by Community Lincs, part of the National Lottery funded Ageing Better programme set up by the Big Lottery Fund - which engages with people over 50 years of age to combat isolation; with research suggesting that feelings of isolation can result in health problems, the project focused on fitness and wellbeing, food and nutrition and the positive connections made with friends.

Marko Humphrey, Community Worker at Magna Vitae Trust for Leisure and Culture said: “These sessions we delivered for Waterloo Housing focused on mental wellbeing; often older people’s mental health can be adversely affected if, for example, they live on their own and have limited contact with others which can cause isolation and depression. The sessions included gentle exercise and discussions about mental health as well as some one pot cooking. We found that the simple act of getting out for a few hours and connecting with others led to an improved sense of wellbeing amongst those who took part, improving their health and helping them to manage conditions they already have.”

For further information please contact Donna Lyons, Community Engagement Officer at Waterloo Housing on 0121 788 7757 or email her at donna.lyons@waterloo.org.uk.