‘Fit 4 U 2’ is seeking local volunteers

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Monday, July 18th, 2016
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The Southern Health and Social Care Trust are seeking volunteers to support a new physical activity and leisure opportunities programme for adults with a learning disability – Fit 4 U 2. Fit4u2 Andrew  Nathan Fit4u2 July 2016Fit 4 U 2 has been piloted at Orchard Leisure Centre, Armagh in recent months. It is planned to introduce Fit 4 U 2 to the Dungannon, Craigavon, Banbridge and Newry areas in September 2016. The Project seeks to empower adults with learning disabilities to improve their health through participation in a range of physical activity and leisure opportunities. This includes activities such as boccia, kurling, badminton, archery, volleyball, boxercise, walking and indoor golf. Activities will take place on a weekly basis in the following venues: • Tuesday PM – Newry Sports Centre • Wednesday AM – Dungannon Leisure Centre • Wednesday PM – Craigavon Leisure Centre • Thursday AM – Banbridge Leisure Centre • Thursday PM – Orchard Leisure Centre, Armagh
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July 2016Speaking to Newry Times, volunteer Andrew Steed explained, “My role as a volunteer includes meeting and greeting service users as they arrive and escorting or directing them to the hall. We have a chat as they arrive and this continues as we do our warm up walk around the hall. “I ensure equipment and seating is ready for use and liaise with the coaching staff about which activities we will be doing. I have really enjoyed getting to know the clients and have been amazed at their skill levels, speed of learning, competitiveness and the delight that they get from the activities. “I only volunteer for 2 hours per week, but it is the most rewarding 2 hours and I would encourage anybody with a few hours to spare to consider helping out with the Fit 4 U 2 programme,” he added. If you are available at the times outlined above and would like to find out more information about the volunteer role, please contact Rhonda Richardson, Fit 4 U Co-ordinator; Tel: 028 3741 2129 Mobile: 077 8743 4256 / Email: rhonda.richardson@southerntrust.hscni.net Fit 4 U 2 is funded by the Public Health Agency and led by the Southern Health and Social Care Trust in partnership with other organisations, including the local Council authorities and Sport NI funded Everybody Active coaches.

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