New group for men and women with disabilities

members of the Craigavon and banbridge Fit 4 U Club for people with disabilities pictured at one of their meetings at the Hub Community Centre. INPT13-201.

members of the Craigavon and banbridge Fit 4 U Club for people with disabilities pictured at one of their meetings at the Hub Community Centre. INPT13-201.

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FIT 4 U Craigavon and Banbridge Club is a new independent group for men and women with disabilities, which has evolved from the Southern Health and Social Care Trust – Fit 4 U Project.

Local people from Craigavon and Banbridge have formed a committee and become an independently constituted club which seeks to provide physical activities for people with physical and/or sensory disabilities. This includes people with arthritis, fibromyalgia, Parkinson’s, Multiple Sclerosis, head injuries, amputees, Cerebral Palsy, spina bifida, stroke, chronic conditions, people who are deaf, have hearing impairments, blind or partially sighted.

If you have a disability such as those above, or know of someone who would gain confidence and self esteem from joining our group, please contact the club. Everyone is welcome, even if it’s for a trial period.

The club successfully secured funding from the Public Health Agency Small Grant scheme for ‘A Healthy Body and Healthy Minds’ 12-week programme, which took place at Brownlow Community Hub. Sessions ranged from yoga, tai chi, relaxation techniques, breathing exercises and exercise to music. Sessions focused on relaxing the body and mind. The grant also funded one to one swimming lessons at Cascades Leisure Centre.

The club has also secured funding from the Southern Health and Social Care Trust Small Grant Programme to support ongoing operation costs.

Members participate in a range of sports including Boccia, New Age Kurling and Archery and have also enjoyed travelling to a Southern Area Boccia Competition in Newry and a Disability Sports NI Boccia Competition in Cookstown. The club is registered with DART (Down and Armagh Rural Transport) and has a volunteer driver.

Beverley Jory, committee member explained: “We do not count ourselves as having a disability when we are enjoying the activities, we have good fun, we have a laugh, can sometimes be competitive, but always in good humour. The club would be delighted to see more people getting involved.”

For more information contact Carla on 0786 426 4758 or Beverly on 0786 426 4749.

To become a member, simply complete the club membership form and pay a £5 annual membership fee.