Health service users pass with flying colours

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ADULT mental health service users who took part in a summer wellbeing and fitness course called ‘Get fit for life’ in Doncaster have graduated with flying colours.

Participants, who were supported by the Rotherham, Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation Trust (RDaSH) physiotherapy service and Doncaster Rovers staff, received their level 1 sports leaders’ qualification at the Keepmoat Stadium earlier this month.

Activities included health walks and cycle rides, plus healthy eating initiatives and information about weight management.

RDaSH health and wellbeing practitioner Emma Willits, who jointly led the project, said: “Service users were enthusiastic about the project and many have been signposted to leisure services, or aim to complete further courses.

“Four more courses have been planned for next year.

“The project provided regular, long term opportunities to increase physical activity and access training to improve mental and physical wellbeing.

“It was also designed to empower participants to build confidence and self-esteem to support personal and professional development and recovery.”

Andrew Sartin, RDaSH physiotherapy support worker, who led on the project with Emma, added: “The course was a huge success and we are working with the people who attended to support them to access community sports and leisure activities.”