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Halo Leisure is excited to be opening their doors to their leisure centres soon to the thousands of people who’ve missed the workouts, wind downs and each other during the latest lockdown across Bridgend County. They’re also celebrating what’s been going on behind closed doors by welcoming seventy-nine year-old Carol Hopkin as the 100th participant in their award-winning Feel Good for Life programme this month, kitting her out with a free iPad (and training her to use it) so she can combat the loneliness of lockdown by staying active and connecting with new and old friends online. 

“I was feeling really isolated,” says Carol, 79. “I’d usually visit Ogmore Leisure Centre weekly for exercise sessions, but at home found myself doing very little." 

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Halo’s ‘Feel Good for Life’ team had an iPad delivered to Carol's door, and online Zoom and IT training lined up so she could use it to connect with family or play games online and join virtual exercise sessions with the Halo team. It was all about helping Carol and others like her to enjoy home based movement and mingling. 

Halo's a social enterprise and registered charity and this award-winning programme was launched three years ago with funding from National Lottery and Bridgend County Borough Council. It’s designed for anyone feeling low, lonely, or living with dementia and since it’s launch has brought scores of vulnerable people into their centres for sports and social activities. Additional support from the Wales Council for Voluntary and Bridgend County Borough Council helped the programme to be moved on-line in light of the pandemic. 

“We know how much local people have missed the social connection as well as the activities and exercise,” says Ryan Statton, Halo’s Active Communities Manager. “And we know that connecting with others is vital for health, lowering anxiety, improving immunity and encouraging activity. It made absolute sense to take Feel Good for Life online and to find ways to deliver it to those who are on their own, like Carol.” 

"It's certainly motivating me to stay active with the online exercise classes, and I love seeing friends and family on the Zoom calls. It's made a huge difference," says Carol. 

If you would like to find out more about the programme, online or as Halo’s centres reopen visit https://haloleisure.org.uk/feelgoodforlife/ 

Carol Hopkin with Ipad opt

 

 

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Halo Leisure is excited to be opening their doors to their leisure centres soon to the thousands of people who’ve missed the workouts, wind downs and each other during the latest lockdown across Bridgend County. They’re also celebrating what’s been going on behind closed doors by welcoming seventy-nine year-old Carol Hopkin as the 100th participant in their award-winning Feel Good for Life programme this month, kitting her out with a free iPad (and training her to use it) so she can combat the loneliness of lockdown by staying active and connecting with new and old friends online. 

“I was feeling really isolated,” says Carol, 79. “I’d usually visit Ogmore Leisure Centre weekly for exercise sessions, but at home found myself doing very little." 

Halo’s ‘Feel Good for Life’ team had an iPad delivered to Carol's door, and online Zoom and IT training lined up so she could use it to connect with family or play games online and join virtual exercise sessions with the Halo team. It was all about helping Carol and others like her to enjoy home based movement and mingling. 

Halo's a social enterprise and registered charity and this award-winning programme was launched three years ago with funding from National Lottery and Bridgend County Borough Council. It’s designed for anyone feeling low, lonely, or living with dementia and since it’s launch has brought scores of vulnerable people into their centres for sports and social activities. Additional support from the Wales Council for Voluntary and Bridgend County Borough Council helped the programme to be moved on-line in light of the pandemic. 

“We know how much local people have missed the social connection as well as the activities and exercise,” says Ryan Statton, Halo’s Active Communities Manager. “And we know that connecting with others is vital for health, lowering anxiety, improving immunity and encouraging activity. It made absolute sense to take Feel Good for Life online and to find ways to deliver it to those who are on their own, like Carol.” 

"It's certainly motivating me to stay active with the online exercise classes, and I love seeing friends and family on the Zoom calls. It's made a huge difference," says Carol. 

If you would like to find out more about the programme, online or as Halo’s centres reopen visit https://haloleisure.org.uk/feelgoodforlife/ 

Carol Hopkin with Ipad opt

 

 

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Halo Leisure is excited to be opening their doors to their leisure centres soon to the thousands of people who’ve missed the workouts, wind downs and each other during the latest lockdown across Bridgend County. They’re also celebrating what’s been going on behind closed doors by welcoming seventy-nine year-old Carol Hopkin as the 100th participant in their award-winning Feel Good for Life programme this month, kitting her out with a free iPad (and training her to use it) so she can combat the loneliness of lockdown by staying active and connecting with new and old friends online. 

“I was feeling really isolated,” says Carol, 79. “I’d usually visit Ogmore Leisure Centre weekly for exercise sessions, but at home found myself doing very little." 

Halo’s ‘Feel Good for Life’ team had an iPad delivered to Carol's door, and online Zoom and IT training lined up so she could use it to connect with family or play games online and join virtual exercise sessions with the Halo team. It was all about helping Carol and others like her to enjoy home based movement and mingling. 

Halo's a social enterprise and registered charity and this award-winning programme was launched three years ago with funding from National Lottery and Bridgend County Borough Council. It’s designed for anyone feeling low, lonely, or living with dementia and since it’s launch has brought scores of vulnerable people into their centres for sports and social activities. Additional support from the Wales Council for Voluntary and Bridgend County Borough Council helped the programme to be moved on-line in light of the pandemic. 

“We know how much local people have missed the social connection as well as the activities and exercise,” says Ryan Statton, Halo’s Active Communities Manager. “And we know that connecting with others is vital for health, lowering anxiety, improving immunity and encouraging activity. It made absolute sense to take Feel Good for Life online and to find ways to deliver it to those who are on their own, like Carol.” 

"It's certainly motivating me to stay active with the online exercise classes, and I love seeing friends and family on the Zoom calls. It's made a huge difference," says Carol. 

If you would like to find out more about the programme, online or as Halo’s centres reopen visit https://haloleisure.org.uk/feelgoodforlife/ 

Carol Hopkin with Ipad opt