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Free Taster Day for New ‘Changing Lives’ Programme in Somersham

Older adults taking part in a chair based exercise class

An exciting project is being launched in Somersham next month. ‘Changing Lives’ is a programme of activities specifically for people living with neurological conditions living in Somersham and its surrounding villages; Colne, Bluntisham, Earith, Pidley, Old Hurst, Woodhurst and Broughton.

If you are affected by a neurological condition such as, but not exclusively, Parkinson’s, Dementia, MS or Stroke, you are invited to go along to the Free Taster Day on Saturday 2nd September, 10am-3pm at the Millennium Pavilion in Somersham. The invitation extends to family, friends and carers who are welcome to share in any of the workshops on offer. You can drop in for refreshments, a buffet lunch and a chat with leading support organisations.

Julie Wilson, Area Development Manager for Parkinson’s UK, says: “Research has shown some promising results of the benefits of exercise for people living with Parkinson’s including improvements in mobility and balance. This project will help people with long term neurological conditions to manage their symptoms, improve their social support and emotional wellbeing.   I am really delighted to be part of such a vibrant and positive initiative, and cannot wait to see the outcomes from this project as it progresses.”

The activities available to try on the day include Seated/Standing Exercise tailored to your needs, Nordic Walking or have a taste of the outdoors with Nature Ventures. All instructors are fully qualified and have experience working with neurological conditions. They will also be creating Community Bunting to enable participants to show off their creative talents or you can become a Dementia Friend. For more information see Taster Day Detail Poster 02.09.17

The Taster Day will be followed by 12-week blocks of regular events hosted in Somersham, which will also include a workshop with local creative artist Syrah Arnold. Lucy Bird, Coordinator of Changing Lives and Somersham and Pidley Time Bank says, “We are really excited to be able to reach out to people living in this area to create a network where those affected by neurological conditions feel supported locally”. The project is a priority action and is funded by Cambridgeshire County Council’s Innovation Fund.

For more information visit the website https://changinglivessomersham.wordpress.com/. You can book onto any of the workshops by calling Lucy Bird on 01487 841359 or email changing.lives@somersham.org.

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