A CHARITY that runs swimming pools across Tameside has turned to creating online home workouts and delivering meals to the vulnerable amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Active Tameside has had to close its five swimming pools and eight gyms in the borough as part of the Government lockdown and restrictions over social distancing.But the charitable trust, which runs venues such as the new Tameside Wellness Centre, is now finding new ways to support people’s health and wellbeing.
Staff have been creating online fitness instructor videos and live-streaming classes including full-body workouts, high-intensity interval training, ‘legs, bum and tum’ routines and Pilates.
Part of their website has been designated for people managing health conditions, which includes advice and home exercises for ailments such as for back pain.
Printed guides have also been posted to people who may struggle to access information online.
To provide some light relief in these difficult times, they have also launched a ‘Saturday night quiz’ on social media.
Alongside its leisure facilities, Active Tameside has been working with the NHS and council to provide a range of outreach services for people with physical and mental disabilities, and vulnerable children and adults.
And they are continuing to do so on the ground and remotely.
The organisation’s ‘Everybody Can’ service team is helping to provide hot meals for residents at Beatrix House Care Home in Dukinfield.
Staff have also been delivering meals to residents’ doors – while ensuring they keep to the safe social distancing guidelines.
And they are working with children and adult social care services to highlight the most vulnerable residents for support assessment and to prevent ‘family crisis’.
Some staff have begun working with the Samaritans, which is currently taking numerous calls from families suffering from domestic abuse, often exacerbated by the restrictions to stay at home.
Meanwhile Active Tameside is continuing to help two Tameside special schools which supports children of key workers.
Homework packs have been provided and delivered to the homes of every young person supported by the organisation’s special education programme, while parents and carers are also receiving weekly phone calls.
People who are in adult social care provision are getting at least two phone calls a week during lockdown.
And those studying on the supported internship courses are able to access their work modules from home, with video chats keeping them in touch with staff, alongside Tameside Hospital and Jigsaw Homes.
Chris Rushton, chief executive of Active Tameside, said he hoped the services they were providing would help keep ‘minds and bodies active’, as well as help save lives by following guidance around coronavirus.
“It is paramount to the trust that we continue to support the community as much as possible at this time,” he added.
“We have moved quickly to launch alternative ways of providing our wide-ranging services which are so important to the quality of life for thousands of local people.
“Physical and mental health is really important along with helping the community stay informed, united and in good spirits.
“Like everybody else, Active Tameside looks forward to a return to normal life when the restrictions are lifted and we can reopen our venues.”