28 September 2020

Wellbeing programs launched at Marion Leisure

YMCA wellbeing programs aimed at improving both physical and mental health, have been launched at Marion Leisure & Fitness Centre.

The centre is hosting two programs, facilitated by trained staff, who hope to engage those who may be experiencing feelings of anxiety or isolation following recent COVID-19 restrictions.

The mYnd Pump program is a free, group exercise program for adults between 18 and 65 who may need access to social and physical programs but do not qualify for NDIS support. The program is based on a successful model operated by YMCA Brisbane and is open to people who wish to revitalise their mental or social wellbeing in a structured, supportive environment. It is held at the Marion centre on Mondays between 12.30 and 1.30pm.

Social Walkers is a free walking program for adults, designed to provide a combination of activity and social stimulation through personal interaction. This program is also available on Mondays from 1.30 to 2.30pm.

The programs will run until the end of January 2021 via a grant awarded through the Home and Community Care (HACC) transition funding scheme.

YMCA Marion Area Manager, Haydn Bellamy, said that the HACC grant has provided a great opportunity to extend wellbeing programs to people who, otherwise may not have the means to participate.

“These programs are aimed at assisting vulnerable local community members to become more active and engaged in their health and wellbeing,” he said. “Older, disadvantaged or more vulnerable people in the community often don’t have the same opportunities to be active and supported, so programs like these help provide great options for them.”

Mr Bellamy added that, after evaluation, it was hoped that the centre would offer permanent programs made accessible through established funding streams or that would be self-funded.

For more information visit marionleisure.ymca.org.au/services/wellbeing or call Marion Leisure & Fitness Centre on (08) 8294 6488.