At Resonance we are privileged to work with some fantastic social enterprises throughout the South West through our Health & Wellbeing Challenge Fund. These enterprises are working to help tackle a wide range of health, wellbeing, and care issues in some of the most deprived areas of the UK. They are providing such a vital work in their local communities, which is needed more than ever right now.
The whole nation has been impacted by COVID-19, including the social enterprises with which we work. But despite the challenging circumstances, which prevents us from meeting face-to-face, many of them have found innovative and creative ways to continue operating, staying connected with, and supporting their communities.
Here are five great examples of this in action:
They run regular, fun activities for fathers and male carers with children of all ages, both daughters and sons.
They are helping people keep fit during lock-down, especially men. They run online fitness classes twice a week which is free and open to everyone. Dad Dancing Fit Club was designed by fitness instructors in 2018 and has been a big success in leisure centres and village halls but now, with lock-down, they are going online so families can continue to boogie, stay fit, keep positive and have fun. To find out more, click here.
They help get kids active whilst having lots of fun. They run soft play sessions, dance fun fitness classes for children and soft play kids parties throughout Cornwall. They also work with schools and nurseries, hosting regular dance and games classes which encourage children to use their imagination and at the same time further their social skills and co-ordination through physical play.
Now more than ever there is a need to keep kids active, so they are currently running online sessions for pre-school children which have been well received. They have also been creating original Jump with Jo songs which they plan to make available for families to download to help encourage and inspire the family to be active, dance and have fun together in the home during this time.
They offer a variety of yoga and physical engagements to people from all backgrounds and fitness levels, including adapting sessions for people recuperating from serious illnesses and those managing mental issues. They are also working on a variety of outreach projects aimed at improving mental and physical health. Their current projects are aimed at improving access to yoga classes for older people and improving resilience in the workforce, specifically relating to stress related ill health.
Cornwall Yoga Centre is now recording session and making them available online to support their regular participants who are unable to meet together during lock-down restrictions.
CAHSC provide advice, specialist support and funding opportunities for skills development in the adult social care sector.
They have been commissioned by Cornwall Council to specifically support care providers during the COVID-19 pandemic. This includes the development of a ‘fast track induction’ to support new care staff being recruited to start work as soon as possible. Among other support they are offering, they have developed a COVID-19 support forum to help with concerns and also share guidance, regulation changes and signpost to other resources.
Forced to close due to government restrictions, St Austell Leisure Ltd has been working hard to adapt their gym facilities and halls at Tregorrick Leisure Centre to allow them to re-open as soon as possible. They are also being used by the police service in Cornwall as a training centre – as one of just two in Cornwall – to ensure that frontline officers are fit and able to stay on duty.
These are all brilliant initiatives and we wish all our wonderful social enterprises the very best in their endeavours during these difficult times.
For more information about the support available to our social enterprises from Resonance, government and other organizations, please visit our COVID-19 Resource Centre.
For more information about our Health & Wellbeing Challenge Fund, click here.
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