November News from LLB in Cornwall

We thought we’d share some of news from our latest bulletin, so you can read more about some of the fantastic work taking place!

The Live Longer Better Golden Nuggets for October has a wealth of information on the new Dementia Campaign being launched – you can read it here.

And we also thought we’d share with you the Live Longer Better in Cornwall booklet that we took to the Preventing Falls and Promoting Ageing Well Conference. It’s packed with statistics on our ageing population and you can read it here.

Don’t forget, if you’d like to sign up for our updates to email Rachel Faulkner – rfwellbeing@gmail.com

Love to Move Training – British Gymnastics Foundation

Karen Edmond, GLL Community Sport Manager, recently undertook the Love to Move Training and shares her thoughts here:

What a great collaborative piece of work between a number of key partners in Cornwall, British Gymnastics Foundation, Live Longer Better, Active Cornwall, Age UK, Disability Cornwall and Better Cornwall (Greenwich Leisure Limited), to provide an opportunity to attend the Love to Move Training!

Love To Move Training uses gymnastics to transform lives and bring real improvements to the lives of people and communities most in need. The programme contains movement patterns coordinated together, it supports cognitive function for everyone living with dementia.

Staff and volunteers from Age UK, Disability Cornwall (Memory Cafes), and Better Cornwall were able to attend a two day training event held and hosted by Bodmin Leisure Centre, 7th & 8th November.

There was both professional and personal reasons for attending and much energy in the room to learn more about this programme.

Those involved were not being trained to deliver a regular exercise class, but to learn carefully choregraphed movements of appropriately selected music.

Each exercise selected worked on different parts of the body and – most importantly the brain.

The purpose was to provide tools through the training to support the essential work carried out in a variety of environments, day centres, memory cafes and other community groups.

The training very much was a hit with those that attended, feedback I received included:

“I really enjoyed the two days and couldn’t wait to have a go with my section with my mum yesterday. She couldn’t do all the moves but with some 1:1 support she was smiling and singing along.”

“The two days were really enjoyable and informative. Now to practise and deliver.”

I believe it was a great opportunity to work with key partners across Cornwall in this first of this type training for the county.

Thanks goes to Rachel at Live Longer Better, Tracey at Age UK, and Amy at Disability Cornwall, for funding this training; and also Martin at Bodmin Leisure Centre for hosting.

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