FEEL GOOD

FOR LIFE...

Leisure opportunities for people living with dementia, feeling lonely or low to be active and to socialise.

Feel good for life
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Here at Halo we know it is easy to get stuck indoors and can be hard to get out, get moving and to meet new people.

We also know that those hurdles are huge if you’re caring for family, or living with dementia, feeling low, lonely or at a loose end right now.
So we’re inviting you - one and all - to join us to Wind Down and Work Out through a new series of fabulous, friendly, fun
FEEL GOOD FOR LIFE get togethers.

Join us and enjoy our fun friendly activities with assistance from specially trained staff. Then relax, chat and catch up with new friends over coffee, tea and biscuits.

We’ve combined some take-it-easy favourites - swimming, table tennis and badminton and pots of coffee and tea and biscuits - so it’s the kind of movement you’ll like and the kind we know inspires chat and laughter, good health and mobility, and so boosts those feel-good endorphins. Hands on activities such as arts, crafts and scrapbooking are also available.
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But best of all we have loads of other people, like you, who just fancy trying something different, meeting and making new friends, and feeling all the benefits both bring.

Click the titles below to see more information.

  • About the sessions
    The sessions provide opportunities for people living with dementia, depression or loneliness, and their carers to be active and to socialise. The experience has been made better by taking away barriers in order to create a safe, supportive environment which includes:
    • Specially trained staff.
    • Each session is run by an experienced member of staff, exercise/swimming instructor and caters for a range of abilities and ages.
    • Improved signage to help you get find your way around Bridgend Life Centre and Maesteg Sports Centre where Feel Good for Life activities take place.
    • Use of the larger, unisex changing booths (enabling carers to support clients of different genders)
    Find out more about our Dementia Friendly Swimming at Bridgend Life Centre. Watch our Dementia Friendly Swimming video below.
  • Why take part?
    There is significant evidence to highlight that remaining physically active and mentally stimulated and connected to friends, family & communities, can have on our health and wellbeing.
    For those diagnosed with dementia, it doesn't mean you have to stop doing the activities that you enjoy or stop you trying new things. Research shows that low impact exercise can be beneficial for physical and mental health and can improve the quality of life for people in all stages of dementia. The sessions have many added benefits including:
    • Clear your mind and anxiety.
    • Improve your mood and encourage positive thought.
    • Opportunity to socialise reduce loneliness and have fun.
    • Help to ensure a better night’s sleep.
    • Improvement of motor skills to effectively improve the function of the brain, in aspects including decision making, problem solving, and movement.
  • Do carers have to take part in the activities?
    The sessions provide a great opportunity to do something active together, so we welcome carers to participate - and to do so for FREE!
    When it comes to swimming, carers are not necessarily required to accompany the participant in the water, and there may be the chance to sit poolside or in our spectator area. Contact us to discuss how we can support those wishing to attend this session.
  • FEEL GOOD FOR LIFE Physical Activities at Maesteg Sports Centre
    FEEL GOOD FOR LIFE activities take place every Monday at Maesteg Sports Centre (please check for arrangements on Bank Holidays). The fun starts at 2pm during this time there is an opportunity to socialise with tea/coffee and biscuits until approximately 3.45pm.
    Each session costs £2. Carers go FREE and everyone gets COMPLIMENTARY tea/coffee and biscuits.
    The sessions provide a great opportunity to do something active together, so we welcome carers to participate - and to do so for FREE!
    Other than trainers or comfortable shoes, it would help to bring either a small padlock or a £1 coin for the locker (this is refundable). If you use a locker during the session, you are welcome to bring a photo to put on your locker to help make it more recognisable. Apart from that just turn up and enjoy. Parking at Maesteg Sports Centre is free.
  • FEEL GOOD FOR LIFE Swimming at Bridgend Life Centre
    FEEL GOOD FOR LIFE swimming takes places every Wednesday at Bridgend Life Centre (except during school holidays where we offer alternative activities out of the pool).
    Swimming starts at 2pm and lasts for approximately 45 minutes. After changing, there’ll be the chance to socialise until approximately 4pm.
    Each session costs £2. Carers go FREE and everyone gets COMPLIMENTARY tea/coffee and biscuits.
    Carers are not necessarily required to accompany the participant in the water, and there may be the chance to sit poolside or in our spectator area. Contact us to discuss how we can support those wishing to attend this session.
    Other than swimming kit and a towel, it would help to bring either a small padlock or a £1 coin for the locker (this is refundable) and some change for parking (which is also refundable via reception). You are welcome to bring a photo to put on your locker during the session to help make it more recognisable.
    Find out more about our Dementia Friendly Swimming at Bridgend Life Centre. Watch our Dementia Friendly Swimming video here
  • Is there a chance to socialise?
    The sessions give people an opportunity to keep active and to meet and socialise with others in a similar situation.
    So, socialising after the sessions is also important. There will be an opportunity to sit down and have a COMPLIMENTARY cup of tea/coffee and a biscuits. It’s great to see people who previously didn't come out of their homes being part of the sessions and be given a sense of place.
  • When are the sessions?
    FEEL GOOD FOR LIFE swimming takes places every Wednesday at Bridgend Life Centre (except during school holidays where we offer alternative activities out of the pool). Swimming starts at 2pm and lasts for approximately 45 minutes. After changing, there’ll be the chance to socialise until approximately 4pm.
    FEEL GOOD FOR LIFE activities take place every Friday at Maesteg Sports Centre (except during school holidays) from 2-4pm, during this time there is an opportunity to socialise with tea/coffee and cake.
  • How much do the activities cost?
    Each session costs £2. Carers go FREE and everyone gets COMPLIMENTARY tea/coffee and biscuits.
  • Is there anything I need to bring?
    Feel Good for Life activities
    Other than trainers or comfortable shoes, it would help to bring either a small padlock or a £1 coin for the locker (this is refundable). If you use a locker during the session, you are welcome to bring a photo to put on your locker to help make it more recognisable. Apart from that just turn up and enjoy. Parking at Maesteg Sports Centre is free.
    Feel Good For Life swimming
    Other than swimming kit and a towel, it would help to bring either a small padlock or a £1 coin for the locker (this is refundable) and some change for parking (which is also refundable via reception). You are welcome to bring a photo to put on your locker during the session to help make it more recognisable.
  • Is there help with transport?
    There is help with transport in a number of ways;
    • A door-to-door accessible community bus service has been arranged for people requiring access to the session at Maesteg Sport Centre. Telephone 01656 669665 to arrange collection, or visit www.bridgendcommunitytransport.co.uk
    • Side by Side is a service for people living with dementia provided by the Alzheimer`s Society to tackle social isolation and loneliness. Subject to availability, a volunteer will collect the person living with dementia at their home and accompany them travelling to and from Maesteg Sports Centre and will take part in the activities with them. If you are living with dementia and are interested in accessing Side by Side to join the activities at Maesteg Sports Centre your Dementia Adviser will be able to refer you to the service, or alternatively call Dementia Connect on 03331503456.
    If you’d prefer to make you own way to the sessions, parking is free at both venues (at Bridgend Life Centre you pay but get a refund from Reception at the end of the session). The postcode CF34 9DS will bring you closest to the ramp to Maesteg Sports Centre.
  • How can I find out more information?
    Come along to one of our sessions or contact:
    • Ryan Statton - Halo Active Communities Coordinator
    • 01656 678847
    • ryan.statton@haloleisure.org.uk
    • OR

    • Joanne Morgan on 01656 678844
    • Watch our Dementia Friend Swimming video
    It would help us plan the activities if we had an idea of numbers and individual needs - so please book with Ryan or Joanne if you can. But if you turn up on the day - you will also be welcomed.
  • How have the sessions been formed?
    The sessions have been formed through a collaboration between Halo Leisure, the Alzheimer's Society / BAVO, ABMU / Cwm Taf Health Board, Awen and support from Bridgend County Borough Council. We are also grateful to have received an award from the National Lottery Community Fund. The Peter Harrison Foundation has kindly helped to fund Dementia Friendly Swimming.
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