Officer Nick Gillott outlines aims and objectives of health interventions.
Through funding from the Doncaster CCG, Club Doncaster Foundation’s Health & Wellbeing programme has engaged with 127 participants to date, providing activities such as walking football, indoor cycling, gym sessions, boxercise, boccia, smoothie workshops and healthy cooking, to name just a few.
Nick Gillott, our Health & Wellbeing Officer, has developed these health interventions, known as Look Good, Feel Good, alongside the support of groups such as the Royal Society of Mencap, Doncaster Mencap, Doncaster Mind, PFG, ARDASH & Townfield Primary School.
[Q] What are the aims of your programme?
[Nick] “We’re trying to assist with weight loss and skill acquisition, knowledge on personal health whilst improving self confidence and self esteem. We’ve had great feedback from the project so far, with one participant from the PFG group losing a stone in weight in 6 weeks so far through altering his diet and exercise following involvement with Look Good, Feel Good project!”
[Q] Where do you hope to take the programme in the future?
[Nick] “So far the sessions have been taster programmes. In the future we want to create a timetable based on what sessions are popular. From there we intend to recruit volunteers, up skill them to support and lead sessions in order to make the programme self-sustainable. This will provide the people of Doncaster the opportunity to improve and maintain their health through a variety of exciting and innovative projects.”
Furthermore, Nick and the Health & Wellbeing programme have secured external funding from the Sheffield and Hallamshire FA in order to develop disability football sessions that will take place at the Keepmoat 12:00-13:00 every Wednesday. The programme also supported the Ben Parkinson walk in January, which was attended by over 200 Doncaster residents.
For more information about the Club Doncaster Foundation please visit:www.clubdoncasterfoundation.co.uk