During an initial referral visit Mr Smith mentioned that he enjoyed regular sports and exercise in his younger days and led a very active life but missed it now that his mobility was reduced and he was beginning to feel unfit which was effecting him mentally as well as physically. Mr Smith‘s Promoting Independence Officer was aware of an excellent ‘Armchair’ exercise class in the Preston area at Galloway House. Mr Smith seemed really interested in seeing what it was like but transport was not easily available to him. The Officer took Mr Smith along to the class herself for a ‘taster ‘and indeed it was just right for Mr Smith who said he had a great time and would like to go again. At the same time the Officer had begun to support two ladies in the same area; a younger lady who was suffering with low mood and lack of motivation and a lady in her 90’s who wanted to get out more and improve her fitness. The Officer again mentioned the Galloway House class but the ladies too had transport issues.
The Officer was able to source transport for all three people to be collected and again she accompanied them and even joined in the class herself. The three service users enjoyed a good chat as well as the journey out and exercise and following a well-deserved cuppa agreed to attend future classes. A few weeks later Mr Smith and the younger lady are still attending the classes together. Although Mrs Smith found them a little too much at the moment. However, the two ladies have become firm friends and the younger lady regularly visits for a chatter which she says cheers them both up and motivates her to get out and about more.