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Swanton Gets Moving For Mental Health Awareness Week

People supported at Swanton services across the UK have been moving to boost their mental well-being to mark Mental Health Awareness Week 2024.

Team Swanton organised a range of activities designed to raise awareness of the importance of regular physical exertion for the mind and body.

Over at The Hub, they’ve been hosting inclusive Chairobics workout sessions via Teams, which all services can join.

These gentle sessions have allowed the people we support and colleagues to engage in mindful movement to feel good.

Virtual Chairobics is just one of the initiatives the team has been doing, according to Marketing and Communications Officer Viktoria Watts.

Viktoria said: “The benefits of exercise should be accessible to everyone – so we’ve been sharing lots of tips and ideas to get us all moving.

“Chairobics has been a fantastic way to bring lots of people supported across the UK together to work out, and we’ve also been sharing other virtual fitness sessions, including seated yoga and tai chi.

“We’ve also been encouraging people to get outdoors to enjoy the nature around them by doing group walks and a Nature Scavenger Hunt we’ve shared.

“There’s also been some litter pick walks happening, which is awesome for health and means we’re doing our bit for our local communities.”

On Thursday 16th May, Swanton also hosted a Wear It Green Day to raise the profile of Mental Health Awareness Week and fundraise.

Viktoria added: “It was fantastic to see so many people wearing green and getting behind the fundraising efforts – my dog Axel got involved too!

“We raised £115, which is going to Happy Days, our charity for 2024, who do amazing work.”

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