LEISURE centres in Stratford are set to offer free membership to people living with Parkinson’s from this month.
St Nicholas Park Leisure Centre, Newbold Comyn Leisure Centre, Meadows Community Sports Centre and John Atkinson Sports Centre are taking part in the new initiative alongside charity Parkinson’s UK which will launch on World Parkinson’s Day – Monday, April 11.
The free membership will give access to gym, swim and group exercise classes.
All members will also be offered a personalised exercise prescription through EXi, with a free carer membership will be available, if needed.
Being physically active can play an important role in living well with Parkinson’s, people living with the condition find various activities, from walking to dance, beneficial in managing their symptoms.
Gareth Wagg, Everyone Active’s contract manager, said: “We are immensely proud to launch this partnership with Parkinson’s UK and hope it will make a real difference to many people’s lives.
“We want to encourage the whole Parkinson’s community to exercise and are confident we have an activity for all, no matter what your age, ability or fitness level.
“Being more active will help members to live well with Parkinson’s, improving their physical fitness and mental wellbeing, as well as having fun.”
Tom Ingram, Corporate Partnerships Manager at Parkinson’s UK, said: “We’re delighted to partner with Everyone Active, who have very generously offered a free membership for people living with Parkinson’s and their carers.
“Developing a regular physical activity habit can make a person feel more in control when living with the condition. Quality of life can be enhanced and independence and confidence maintained.
“We hope that with the support of Everyone Active, the Parkinson’s community can enjoy physical activity and use it to make a real difference to their lives.”
For further information or to join, visit https://www.everyoneactive.com/promotion/parkinsons/
Those with underlying health conditions such as heart problems, diabetes or breathing issues should contact their GP before starting any new activity.