Havercroft ILS residents attend healthy living course

Published 21 November 2014

Residents at Whinview Court in Havercroft are taking part in a health and wellbeing course organised by WDH and South West Yorkshire NHS Partnership Foundation Trust (SWYFT).

As part of the 10-week programme held at the independent living scheme, participants are receiving health checks and advice on eating well, as well as taking part in activities including boccia bowling, gardening and walking.

This week residents took part in a session which focused on gardening, with attendees planting herbs and hyacinth to keep.

Jane Gwilliam, Tenant Involvement Officer for WDH, said: “Gardening is great for people’s mental and physical health, so we’ve been talking to residents about the benefits it can offer – whether that’s improved mobility or improved wellbeing. We did a similar programme here three years ago, so it’s been nice to see both new and old residents taking part.”

Julian Glover, Health and Wellbeing Development Worker for SWYFT, said: “The course aims to educate people so they can make more informed choices, enabling them to improve their health and reduce the need for care and support. Sessions are really informal, which helps bring people back every week.”


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