Spring into Action Awarded £15k Funding for Disability Health Group

27th October 2014 - posted by Lucy Hamlin

Spring into Action has been awarded over £15,000 from The Big Lottery and the East Lancashire Clinical Commissioning group for its healthy lifestyles project in Hyndburn. The funding will allow Spring into Action to increase the groups membership and move to a more modern venue. 

The group, known as Fit & Food for the past 12 months will also change its name to Fun, Fit & Food, after its members said they come for fun and want that to be emphasised. Set up as a social club for adults with learning disabilities, the group participate in physical activity, cook and eat sessions and learn about keeping healthy.

Adam Hartley, 24, has been attending for 12 months and said: “I like coming to this group because they are nice here and we have fun.”

David, age 60 attends with his Fiancé Sue and says: “We learn to cook and the staff are friendly.”

Spring into Action, who recently won the Hyndburn Service To Disability Award are keen to get more people with learning disabilities and mental health issues to join the group.

Rachael McHugh, Director said: “At Fun, Fit & Food we work together to encourage participants to take small steps to improve their health, such as walking more, choosing fruit instead of chocolate and learning how to make healthy meals. We also look at the effects of an unhealthy lifestyle on our bodies.”

Lucy Hamlin, Director, added: “We know that there are statutory services that can do this, such as weight management courses but these tend to be short term and our evidence and experience show that people with learning disabilities need longer term interventions. At Fun, Fit & Food, we see people changing their habits over a longer period of time and see the difference it makes to their lives.”

Adam Hartley added: “Before I came to this group, I used to have lots of takeaways and the only sport I did was football. Now I bug my mum to go walking and have joined a cycling project and the gym. We also have homemade curries and pizzas at home because they are healthier than takeaways.”