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Move More Jersey launch new interventional programmes in partnership with Mind Jersey to help more islanders get active

Friday 9 April 2021

Move More Jersey are delighted to announce the launch of two new interventional programmes specifically targeting islanders who need more support to become more physically active and get onto a path to sustain a more healthy, active lifestyle. Both programmes are aimed at people who have been affected by the impact of COVID-19, or from the restrictions associated with it.

Move More Get Moving has been created in partnership with Mind Jersey, to provide a supportive opportunity for islanders whose lives have been severely impacted by COVID-19, or the consequences of COVID-19 restrictions, to enjoy becoming active again on a regular basis. It also offers islanders support to become better equipped to sustain living a healthy, active lifestyle.

The new Move More Active Buggy Class Programme has been designed for new mums who have recently given birth and may be struggling to be physically active. The programme will help mums of young babies to become more active and better equipped to sustain a healthily, active lifestyle. It will also help any new mums who have been affected by isolation, ill health and whose lives have been severely impacted by COVID-19, or consequences of COVID restrictions throughout the pandemic.

Alex Huelin, Mental Health Sport Coordinator at Mind Jersey said, “At Mind Jersey we passionately believe building key plans for a person’s wellbeing will help focus on improving a philosophy with the right tools to help improve their physical health. We are reaching out to members of the community, whilst COVID-19 is a very real situation, to assist people that have the need to improve their own physical wellbeing. We have vast knowledge to help individuals progress within this project and we will use our in-house resources to guide anybody with difficult or complex needs. We will help to support anyone with extra mental health requirements and provide them with the relevant tools to help improve their physical and mental health. The idea behind these interventional programmes is that physical activity can help motivate a person to deal with their own individual situation.”

It is hoped the new Move More Jersey programmes will reach groups of islanders who haven’t engaged in physical activity programmes before, in line with the island’s Inspiring an Active Jersey strategy. Mentors from Mind Jersey will work alongside the Move More Instructors on the programmes, to support participants to change their behaviours and create demonstratable benefits, which it is hoped, will help them to sustain becoming more physically active on a regular basis.

Cirsty de Gruchy, Head of Move More Jersey explained, “We are delighted to be able to offer these new interventional programmes after a very challenging year.  We are very aware there are many people who have been affected, either directly or indirectly, from the restrictions imposed by COVID-19.  These exciting new supportive programmes will provide the community around us with the relevant tools, mental and physical advice to help people get back on their feet. These programmes are designed to give a person the information they need to help and manage their own situation to improve their mental and physical health – whether they are a new mum, or if they have been severely impacted by the consequences of the COVID-19 restrictions.”

Both programmes, created in partnership with Mind Jersey, will run for eight weeks have been made possible with financial support from the Jersey Community Foundation, using funds from Dormant Bank Accounts. Islanders can register to attend the programmes free of charge, or referrals can be made through a health or social care professional.

To find out more about Move More Get Moving and the Move More Active Buggy Class, please visit: www.movemore.je

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