After supporting hundreds of families and young people with free sports equipment and activity packs during lockdown, the University of Hertfordshire based Herts Sports and Physical Activity Partnership (HSP) have now funded wellbeing packs for those living with long term conditions.
The packs were donated as part of the national ‘We Are Undefeatable’ campaign – a movement which celebrates what people can do whilst living with conditions like dementia, cancer, Parkinson’s, arthritis, asthma and diabetes. 50 bags specifically designed to help improve mental and physical wellbeing were delivered to care homes in East Herts, Dacorum and Hertsmere, containing stretch bands, massage balls, hand putty and instructional exercise leaflets.
HSP Project Officer Alicja Polak is the lead for health initiatives and felt that it was crucial the Partnership offered support for people in care settings to remain active:
‘‘We Are Undefeatable’ is all about showing people that whatever condition they live with, being physically active – even in the smallest of ways – is still possible. The equipment donated is suitable for use by people of all abilities; even those who are most limited in their mobility. We contacted care homes across the county to see if they would like to receive equipment for their residents to use and were delighted when so many welcomed the offer.’
The Partnership’s Director John O’Callaghan said:
‘I know from first-hand experience with family members that deterioration can come all too quickly when the opportunities to stay active are limited. Long term conditions are lifechanging and it’s easy to give way to a sedentary lifestyle. By seeking the right support from charities, such as those supporting ‘We Are Undefeatable’, and maintaining some level of physical activity, many side effects from long term conditions can be eased.’
‘The Partnership is proud to be able to step forward and support Hertfordshire’s residents to keep active in what has been an unnerving time.’