Mental Health Awareness Week

 

RESIDENTS in Tendring are being urged to move more for their wellbeing this Mental Health Awareness Week. 

Community Voluntary Services Tendring (CVST) is encouraging the community to get moving for their mental health as part of its ongoing work to support residents to live healthier, independent longer lives. 

As part of its Lottery-funded HILL project, CVST works across Tendring providing activities such as walking groups, group cycle rides, Tai Chi, swimming sessions and lessons for adults, and box fit. 

Tracy Lawrie, communities manager, said: “At CVST, and within our HILL project team, we believe that getting active and getting out into your community can have amazing results for your overall mental wellbeing. 

“So, the theme for this year’s Mental Health Awareness Week is really special to us. 

“It fits with everything we do to support residents with their wellbeing by supporting them to get more involved in the community. 

“For us that comes in many ways, it could be by joining a group like a craft or friendship café, or it could be volunteering. 

“But we also know the benefits of moving more.  

“We have physical activities across Tendring that provide ways to move that suit everyone’s abilities – this could be walking or gardening at our allotment or even box fit. 

“We also, in Harwich, have community connectors who can support individuals to get the confidence to get out moving. 

“They offer one-to-one support to get residents out with walks, cycling or joining new groups.” 

Tracy added: “Moving more can make a huge difference to how you feel and people who come to our activities tell us just that.” 

CVST volunteer Carole Hewitt helps at the Dovercourt allotment, which keeps her active. 

She said: “This place gives me something to do, something I enjoy and people to share my time with. 

“Coming here makes me feel happy.” 

Mental Health Awareness Week runs from May 13 to 19, led by the Mental Health Foundation. 

This year the message is to find moments for movement, such as while you are waiting for the kettle to boil or for the bus to arrive. 

Lisa Andrews, CVST’s deputy chief officer, said: “Everyone can get the mental health benefits of moving more, it’s all about finding what works for you. 

“Research from the Mental Health Foundation says people are facing barriers to moving for their mental health due to financial strain and inequality. 

“We agree that being able to boost your mental health through movement shouldn’t be a luxury. 

“We have a range of activities including some free such as walking groups and welcome everyone to get involved.” 

CVST also offers free cycling groups – if you don’t have a bike, depending on your postcode, you could be eligible for a free Essex Pedal Power bike. 

To find out more about CVST’s activities and how to get involved visit www.cvstendring.org.uk or call 01255 425692. 

Or for more information on Essex Pedal Power bikes and groups visit www.activeessex.org/essex-pedal-power/essex-pedal-power-clactonandjaywick/ 

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