Exercise is vital to staying healthy and improving wellbeing. It can be difficult for adults with a disability to find exercises they are comfortable with, but Quarriers offers an exciting range of classes for all abilities.
Quarriers Glasgow Group Activities Service was established in 2010 and runs in community centres in the north west and south side of the city as well as in East Dunbartonshire. The service runs activities including music, drama and line dancing, and is now accredited to deliver inclusive exercise programme Oomph!.
Oomph! is a UK-wide initiative to get people active and socialising and, importantly, it can be adapted to suit all abilities. The dance-inspired programme is full of fun routines which are easy to follow and can be done either seated or standing. This means people we support can take part at a level which is comfortable for them, whether they join in with arm movements or follow the full body sequences. The routines include accessories like pom-poms, placing the emphasis firmly on having fun.
As well as encouraging physical activity, Oomph! aims to reduce loneliness and isolation, something which affects many adults with a disability. Classes feature games which get people involved in a little friendly competition and encourage interaction, and above all, provide opportunities to chat and laugh with other people. And the effect of these classes is plain to see: at the end of a session, participants are grinning from ear to ear.
Glasgow Group Activities is open to any adult with learning disabilities living in the Glasgow area and can be accessed using personal support budgets. To find out more, contact the Group Activities Development Worker on 0141 954 1010 or email [email protected].
“These exercises are suitable for everyone and are a great way of promoting a healthy lifestyle. The dance element is not only great fun but a brilliant way to socialise.”
- Eilidh Swatton, Group Activities Development Worker