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Double good news for Fitmums & Friends

Posted: Tue, 11 Sep 2018 09:28

Double good news for Fitmums & Friends

Fitmums and Friends launch in Goole, and appoint new mental Health Champions

Athletics club and charity, Fitmums & Friends is launching its newest club in Goole. Runners of all abilities are invited to join Goole Fitmums & Friends for its first official run session at 7pm on Monday 10 September 2018 at Goole Fire Station, Andersen Road, Goole, DN14 6XF. Fitmums & Friends is a friendly and supportive running club, open to men and women.

Goole Fitmums & Friends will offer run distances of one to six miles at its weekly Monday evening club sessions, with runners choosing the distance that feels right for them. Every run is supported by trained volunteer run leaders who help all members to achieve their goals whatever their ability or experience. Chief Officer and founder of Fitmums & Friends, Sam Barlow BEM explains: "At Fitmums & Friends, we are passionate about supporting everyone to become more active, from complete beginners to more regular runners. When we run we use a simple support system known as "shepherding" which enables runners of all abilities to exercise together – it supports those who need to go at a slower pace and still provides a challenge for those who are more capable. As a result, everyone is fit enough for our sessions."

Club co-ordinators, Andy and Wendy continue: "If you're thinking about starting or improving your running, then do come along and give the group a try. You don't have to be a mum, nor do you have to be fit – the '& Friends' is just as important! Everyone really does fit at Fitmums & Friends, so please join us if you would like to get fit, make friends and have fun!"

Fitmums & Friends would like to acknowledge the support of both Humberside Fire & Rescue Service, which is providing the club's venue in Goole, and East Riding of Yorkshire Council, which has helped set up the Goole club. Laurie Fergusson, Public Health Lead at ERYC explains: "We are really excited about the launch of the new Fitmums & Friends group in Goole. Fitmums & Friends provides support and motivation to our East Riding residents encouraging them to be more physically and socially active and to improve their health and wellbeing."

Fitmums & Friends is open to men and women aged 16+, with potential members able to attend three sessions before joining a club at £36 per year. To find out more, please visit www.fitmums.org.uk or search for Goole Fitmums & Friends on Facebook.

Fitmums & Friends champions mental health

Athletics club and charity, Fitmums & Friends is proud to announce that it now has a team of Mental Health Champions in place across its club network. Fitmums & Friends Mental Health Champions are members who have volunteered to support the mental wellbeing of fellow club members during the club's physical activity sessions.

Fitmums & Friends Mental Health Champions form part of #runandtalk, a national initiative developed by England Athletics and MIND which aims to improve mental health through running in England. Over the past six months, 23 Fitmums & Friends members have trained to fulfil the role of Mental Health Champion within the majority of Fitmums & Friends' clubs. The Mental Health Champions will help support existing members to improve their mental health through physical activity, as well as support new people who are experiencing mental health problems to start or get back into exercise. The Mental Health Champions are easily identifiable at club sessions by their t-shirts which feature an "I'm listening" logo, and will be available to all members.

Nicola Green, Mental Health Champion and Fitmums & Friends Clinical Psychology Lead, explains: "It was very important to us to introduce the Mental Health Champions across our clubs. They will help us to place a proactive focus on mental health as well as physical health. Our aim is to encourage people to talk and be open if they need to be. And members are already feeling the benefits."

Toni Proctor, Mental Health Champion at Fitmums & Friends' East Hull club, continues: "Exercising with Fitmums & Friends really improved my mental wellbeing after the birth of my daughter. So I volunteered to become a Mental Health Champion to give something back. When I wore my Mental Health Champion t-shirt to club, another member spotted it and opened up to me about the issues she's currently facing. I just listened. When I returned home, I had a message saying how helpful the chat had been and how it had made her feel so much better."

Fitmums & Friends has long recognised the importance of supporting members' mental health. The Mental Health Champion team builds on support systems already in place, from simple initiatives such as meeting first-time visitors at the entrance to a club venue to help reduce anxiety, to the club's successful 'In the Pink' scheme which provides one-to-one support to men and women, using exercise to improve positive wellbeing and to help manage the often debilitating symptoms caused by physical and emotional health problems

For more information, please contact Vickie Hillier (07988 670030 / admin@fitmums.org.uk) or Sam Barlow (07870 654586 / info@fitmums.org.uk)

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