Let’s March – Encouraging extra care residents to get active this Spring

Residents across Torus extra care schemes have been inspiring each other to increase their step count as part of our recent ‘Lets March’ campaign. Combined, residents from extra care schemes in Liverpool, St Helens and Warrington have walked more than 570 miles throughout March.

Let’s March, led by the Foundation’s Health & Wellbeing team, has seen residents step out of their homes to complete laps around the outdoor communal areas of the schemes and has even seen people venturing further afield, exploring the local area in a bid to boost their fitness and general wellbeing.

Roy, 83 (pictured below) from Harpers Green in Padgate, Warrington, totted up an impressive 56 miles while Carl from The Maples in Kirkby took Let’s March to the next level, walking 155 miles to raise an impressive £180 for Cancer Research.

Encouraging each other to take part, Let’s March has given many residents the confidence to leave their homes during this difficult lockdown, something especially important while government restrictions mean our usual programme of social activities have either been on hold or significantly reduced.

Sami, a resident at The Maples in Kirkby said: “Even though we’re social distancing, it’s great to be out walking together. The walking has helped improve my energy and I feel really proud of what we’re all achieving.”

Tracey Sanderson, Health and Wellbeing Officer supporting residents at The Maples said:

“The Let’s March project has had such a positive impact on the residents. Not only are they commenting that they feel physically better, but their mood has also improved and many have noticed they’ve lost weight. Although we’ve had to be socially distanced, we’ve still been able to get to know each other better though walking.”

Helen Cibinda Ntale, Head of Health and Wellbeing adds:

“Throughout the pandemic, Torus Foundation has continued to interact with our older communities based at the extra care schemes. Adapting to changes while keeping residents and colleagues safe, the team have enjoyed delivering remote bingo, quizzes, competitions, outdoor chair boogie sessions, sing a longs and more.

“As restrictions continue to be eased, the team are planning to introduce more activities in the extra care schemes and the additional sheltered schemes located across Liverpool, St Helens and Warrington, which will not only help towards improving residents’ overall health and wellbeing, but also reduce isolation at such a key time for our older communities.”

Torus’ extra care schemes provide state-of-the-art independent living to those aged 55 and over, with the option of on-site care, should it be needed. As the charitable arm of Torus, the Foundation not only delivers a varied health and wellbeing programme to residents, but is also available to provide wider support covering employment and skills, improving digital skills and online confidence and ways to make the most of their income.

If you’re a Torus tenant looking for support or an organisation looking to help enhance our services to benefit more people, get in touch with the team below.

 

The Foundation would like to thank the National Lottery Community Fund who have helped support some of our invaluable projects delivered in the last year for our older communities.

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