FEEL GOOD

FOR LIFE ...

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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 Ogmore Valley Life 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.
    Please note that Halo staff are unable to assume the role of a carer at this session and are unable to support individuals who may need additional personal assistance or prevent wandering. While carers are not necessarily required to participate, we request that carers or professionals introducing new people remain present in order to reduce any distress that may occur during the session, or travel to & from the venue.
  • FEEL GOOD FOR LIFE Physical Activities at Ogmore Valley Life Centre
    FEEL GOOD FOR LIFE activities take place every Monday at Ogmore Valley Life Centre (please check for arrangements on Bank Holidays). The fun starts at 2.15pm during this time there is an opportunity to socialise with tea/coffee and biscuits until approximately 4pm.
    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!
    Please wear trainers or comfortable shoes. Parking at Ogmore Valley Life 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 for the locker 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
  • FEEL GOOD FOR LIFE - Online
    Through these difficult times it is important for us to stay connected, so we have created an online session just for you!
    Grab your trainers and join in the fun from home…
    Jess and Dan will host a range of fun activities that will get you in and out of your seat to help improve your strength, balance, and coordination. You will also have a chance to socialise with fellow ‘Feel Good for Life’ members and participate in quizzes, sing alongs and more, all from the comfort of your own home!
    Sessions will be hosted every Thursday on ‘Zoom’ at 2:00 - 3:30 pm.
    Once you’ve booked your space, Jess will send you an email with an invite and instructions on how to attend.
    Not very confident with technology? Don't have the internet or a device at home? No problem! Feel Good for Life will loan you an iPad, train you how to use it and be on-hand to help you through it.
    Please call 01656 678851 to book a space on our online session
  • Social Media
    Add Jessica Halo as a friend on Facebook to stay in touch with each other and keep up to date with all that's going on at ‘Feel Good for Life’.
  • 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 after participating in the physical activity and have a COMPLIMENTARY cup of tea/coffee and 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 place 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.
    FFEEL GOOD FOR LIFE activities take place every Monday at Ogmore Valley Life Centre (except during school holidays) from 2.15-4pm, 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 swimming
    Other than a swimming kit and a towel, it would help to bring either a small padlock or the locker 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 Ogmore Valley Life Centre. Telephone 01656 678845 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 Ogmore Valley Life 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 Ogmore Valley Life Centre, your Dementia Adviser will be able to refer you to the service, or alternatively call Dementia Connect on 0333 1503 456.
    If you’d prefer to make your 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 CF32 7AJ will bring you closest to the ramp to Ogmore Valley Life Centre.
  • How can I find out more information?
    Come along to one of our sessions or contact:

    Ryan Statton (Halo Active Communities Coordinator)
    · T: 01656 678847
    · e: ryan.statton@haloleisure.org.uk
    · e: feelgoodforlife@haloleisure.org.uk

    Jessica Jaques (Active Communities Support Officer)
    · T: 01656 678851
    · e: jess.jaques@haloleisure.org.uk · e: feelgoodforlife@haloleisure.org.uk

    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.
  • Register for ‘Feel Good for Life’
    It’s helpful for us to know a little bit about you so we can do all we can for you to get the most out of your Feel Good for Life activities.
    To register you need to complete the form below.
    • Print it off, fill it in and give it to us at your first visit, once arranged. Click HERE to print off the forms
    • Fill it in online HERE
    If you are unable to fill in the registration form please contact Jess directly on: 01656 678851 or jess.jaques@haloleisure.org.uk to help you register.
  • Book an activity
    Class Bookings

    Please call 01656 678851 at least 48 hours before the session, to book a place

  • Covid-19 Guidance - how we are making it easier for you to maintain your social distance & stay safe at Halo Centres

    Social Distancing Guidance

    For your safety and in line with Government legislation ‘Feel Good for Life’ have implemented new safety measures to help you maintain social distancing and stay safe.
    Before Arrival - Please consult your doctor and follow advice including government guidance in regards to shielding.
    Social distancing means no ‘walk-ups’ - all activities must be pre-booked before you arrive at the centre. This is a new important safety measure - please do not turn up without a booking.
    To book a place - Please call 01656 678851 at least 48 hours before the session, the number of participants per class will be limited to ensure social distancing is maintained.
    Please note that Community Transport is currently limited to 4 passengers per coach and must be booked through calling 01656 669665 at least 48 hours before the session. When on the bus, Face Masks must be worn at all times.
    Don't forget to stay hydrated by bringing a bottle of water along with you, any refreshments provided by Halo will be served in individual sachets and disposable cups.
    There will be no car parking fees, to limit contact with machines.
    Please remember that all centres are now cashless. If it is difficult for you to make payment by card, please let us know.

    Travelling through the centre

    In line with government guidance, centres have adopted one way systems so look out for signage to guide you to your class.

    For your safety

    There will be hand sanitizer stations throughout the centre where hand wash facilities are unavailable.
    Facemasks/visors will be worn by all staff involved in delivering the sessions, participants are also encouraged to wear facemasks, unless exempt.
    We have reduced the capacity of the group exercises classes where necessary so that you have more personal space between you and others. Please book early to avoid disappointment!
    In order to avoid any physical contact we request that carers or professionals remain present in order to support individuals with stability. Halo staff are unable to assume the role of a carer at the sessions.
    Further information on how we are making it easier for you to maintain your social distance & stay safe at Halo Centres can be found here https://www.haloleisure.org.uk/getuback
    We look forward to seeing you soon!
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