Funding Success for Spring into Action

6th August 2015 - posted by Lucy Hamlin

Spring into Action has been successful in gaining funding for an exciting new project in Hyndburn.

Happy Hearts has been commissioned by East Lancashire Clinical Commissioning Group to fund outreach work in settings that adults with learning disabilities meet. The project will see staff from Spring into Action go into social groups, day centres and supported housing to teach people about healthy lifestyles, including cook and eat sessions and gentle exercise, as well as providing opportunities for groups to participate in creating a Happy Hearts Cookbook.

Rachael McHugh, Director at Spring into Action said: “People with learning disabilities tell us they want to take part in our sessions but don’t always feel comfortable going to new groups. This funding means we can bring the sessions to them.”

Spring into Action was set up in 2012 to provide quality developmental activities to people with disabilities and specialist needs. They currently run a healthy lifestyles social club in Great Harwood where people with learning disabilities can meet friends and have fun in a relaxed atmosphere. They have cook and eat sessions each week, as well as go for walks, arts and crafts and participate in exercise classes.

Lucy Hamlin, Director said: “We are really grateful that the Clinical Commissioning Group recognised this as something they wanted to fund. This is a fantastic opportunity for us to expand on our current services and work with people in settings that they feel comfortable in; showing them small steps they can take to improve their health and wellbeing.”

Spring into Action is now looking for existing groups working with adults with learning disabilities to get in touch. Lucy added: “ “The funding allows us to offer 10-week courses completely free of charge to participants, the only requirement is that we work with Hyndburn groups that already meet”