A new programme aimed at helping those suffering from dementia and mental health issues has been launched in Fife – the announcement is being made to celebrate Commonwealth Day on the 14th March.
Fife Sports and Leisure Trust, the region’s leading provider of sports and leisure services, in partnership with Active Fife and NHS Fife Health Promotion, was awarded a grant from the Legacy 2014 Physical Activity Fund – a Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games initiative delivered by Spirit of 2012 on behalf of Scottish Government – to develop and deliver a physical activity programme to help those suffering from dementia and mental health issues.
The trust’s health and physical activity team, in partnership with Active Fife, has launched Mind and Be Active which offers two programmes – a specially-designed physical activity class for dementia sufferers delivered at Kirkcaldy Leisure Centre, and, a referral-based one-to-one mentoring programme for those suffering from mild mental health issues.
The Kirkcaldy Leisure Centre dementia classes begin on the 17th of March, open to all ages and abilities with participants welcome to bring a friend or family member with them, and, the referral-based programme has recently gone live with participants being recommended through NHS Fife and Fife Council mental health workers.
The Trust’s health and physical activity team and fitness instructors have received specialist training to allow them to deliver the programme with a view to providing flexible support to help participants get physically active.
As one of 11 Scottish organisations to win Spirit of 2012 funding as part of the Legacy 2014 Physical Activity Fund, the trust is delighted to be able to add to its health programme by offering physical activity classes to those suffering from dementia and mental health issues. ”
Dugald Mackie, Chair of Spirit of 2012, said: “Spirit of 2012 is committed to helping people across the UK to get more active and, through projects like Mind and Be Active, we’re glad to be able to support a legacy in Scotland beyond the lifetime of the Glasgow Games. Mental health issues can often be a barrier to people getting active, and we’re delighted to be supporting something that is designed to enable members of the local community in Fife to overcome them.“
For further details on Fife Sports and Leisure Trust’s health programme visit, www.fifeleisure.org.uk