Since July 2017, Nuffield Health has been supporting Everton in the Community’s Girls Onside, a programme to help females across Liverpool living with mental health problems become more physically active.
Last summer, Nuffield Health Liverpool offered a six-week physical activity programme to the Girls Onside participants, which started with a pre-activity health MOT to measure baseline health and wellbeing indicators. At the end of the six weeks, the participants were monitored again to see what improvements had been made.
Such was the positive impact on those who took part that the programme at Nuffield Health has continued ever since and in the last seven months, over 30 women have attended the weekly two hour-long exercise sessions which vary from gym work, yoga to meditation whilst also enabling the group to bond and discuss issues, build friendships and enjoy a sense of belonging.
Based on Riverside Drive, the Nuffield Health programme was specifically designed for the Girls Onside participants with the aim of improving their physical wellbeing and fitness, emotional and psychological wellbeing whilst providing motivation to inspire sustained behaviour change.
Launched in June 2014 with Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust, Girls Onside is a mental health and wellbeing programme that offers female participants a range of therapeutic activities as well as helping to build confidence and increase social contact.
The therapeutic activities are all delivered in a safe and welcoming environment and range from baking and web design to walking groups and photography, all with the focus on supporting women who use Mersey Care’s mental health services.
Paul Whiting, General Manager of Nuffield Health Liverpool, said: “As part of Nuffield’s commitment to the local community, we are thrilled to support such a worthwhile project. It is great to see the ladies on the programme developing their confidence, taking a more healthy approach and enjoying the social interaction which the Girls Onside programme offers.
“We are thrilled to support the work of Everton in the Community as it reflects our company’s ethos and values.”
Johnnie Garside, EitC Health and Wellbeing Manager, added: “We are really pleased to be working in partnership with Nuffield Health. The commitment and dedication from their staff along with the excellent facilities and relaxing environment has really added to the group’s experience.”
For more information on the services available from Nuffield Health Liverpool click here. https://www.nuffieldhealth.com/gyms/liverpool