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Introducing Rhiannon

Posted: 21 February 2017

Hello. I’m the new manager for the Aspirations Healthy Living Centre. I’ve been in post for nearly a month now so I thought I’d write a blog to let you know about some of the things that we’re up to at the centre and some of the exciting things we have planned for the coming year.

My background is arts and health, specifically older people’s health and dementia, so this month has been a little bit of a wild ride of discovery. However, although there are lots of new things, there are also lots of similarities between the things that go on in this centre and my ‘other’ working life.

  1. Mental health is a growing problem, it doesn’t discriminate and it causes many other health issues.
  2. Inactivity – moving around keeps our bodies healthy but it also helps our minds stay healthy, releasing much needed ‘happy hormones’ into our system.
  3. Access to learning  – continual learning has a hugely positive impact on our overall health, it helps to contribute to our sense of purpose and our place in the world around us.

These 3 issues are common to nearly all of us, and I’m very passionate about working to find ways to support the community to have better overall health and wellbeing.

Here at the centre it has been wonderful to see the incredible work that goes on to promote good mental health and wellbeing through counselling, support groups and wellbeing courses and to encourage life long learning through our Aspire courses, mentoring and volunteering opportunities. The team at the centre do so much to promote good physical health and I am excited by the plans we have to introduce more physical activity sessions into our programmes in the coming months.

Healthy living is so much more than just eating right and exercising because we’re told to by the media or the NHS. Healthy living is about each of us as body mind and soul, taking care of one aspect of ourselves always has a knock on effect to the other. It’s been fun to learn how we’re currently promoting that here and I am pleased to say that there is much more to come.

So if you’re interested in:

  1. Better mental health – do get in touch with us via our contact form and we will help to sign post you to a service that can help.
  2. Being more active – keep checking back to our site for new keep fit and healthy eating opportunities. Also check out our Facebook, Twitter and this blog for tips, links and resources to keep your mind and body fit.
  3. Learning – drop into our job club, or if you’re 16-18 get in touch to find out about our Aspire Study Courses.

We look forward to seeing you at our centre soon.

Rhiannon.