On Friday 7th December, Aura Leisure and Libraries happily hosted a Christmas party for 60 guests at Deeside Leisure Centre. The guests who attended have been involved with Aura’s Wellbeing Classes or the National Exercise Referral Scheme (NERS). The festivities included a 4 course meal, bingo and a quiz to celebrate a fantastic year full of hard work. Aura leisure centres have been working hard to support the National Exercise Referral Scheme and, due to its popularity, have created a selection of Wellbeing Fitness Classes as a way of helping more people. The Wellbeing Classes are designed as beginner and lower level classes and include circuits, stability and balance, tai chi moves and studio cycling. The instructors have been able to cater the classes to suit individual needs and have enjoyed getting to know all the participants.
Joanne Beevers – one of the NERS co-ordinators – explained how immensely proud she is to be involved with the scheme and Wellbeing Classes, saying: “It has been a fantastic year for all our clients. We have seen people achieve some fantastic health and social benefits from attending the sessions with us. The uptake is greater than ever and we have been able to offer more sessions to provide a better service for people. This year has seen the launch of our Wellbeing classes which are tailored for people with a varied range of health conditions. With these classes being open to anyone, we have seen more people becoming active more often. I am so proud of our clients who were terrified to come through the door on their first session and are now exercising 2-3 times a week”.
Aura Leisure and Libraries were delighted to hear from some of the participants including Valerie Parr who said: “attending the scheme is probably the best thing that has happened to me in years and I hope that many more people can benefit from it as much as I have”. Another participant, Martin McCallion, commented: “I am happy to say that from the minute I walked through the door of the Leisure Centre I have been treated with the utmost courtesy and respect. All the staff I have come into contact with have been friendly and welcoming and ready to lend a helping hand if necessary. I cannot thank Joanne Beevers and her colleagues enough for the positive effect they have had on a very doubtful person, I tell everyone to give it a go, and hope the Centre continues to go from strength to strength”.
All of the Aura Leisure and Libraries staff would like to thank members of the community who attended the Christmas Party at Deeside Leisure Centre, and congratulate them on all their hard work; we hope 2019 will be even better!