Further funding boost from the National Lottery Community Fund helps Halo Leisure to expand the Feel Good for Life programme

Award-winning social enterprise and charity organisation, Halo Leisure, in partnership with Bridgend County Borough Council, as well as the Alzheimers Society Cymru, and Awen Libraries in Bridgend County, thanks the National Lottery players in helping people with living with dementia, loneliness and depression enjoy more opportunities to get physically and socially active.

Having successfully applied for funding of £381,479 from the National Lottery Community Fund, Halo Leisure plans to expand the Feel Good for Life programme. 

The sessions include swimming, keep-fit, and sporthall activities like Curling, Petanque, or Table-tennis, followed by socialising and reminiscence sessions at Bridgend Life Centre, Ogmore Valley Life Centre. Exercise workouts were also delivered by specialists online for those who can’t get to the centres . The programme will be rolled out to other areas in the county in the near future. The sessions are accessible by providing help with transport, while the online sessions will have internet-enabled i-pads, digital skills training, and support available. 

Further support from Bridgend County Borough Council, Bridgend Association of Voluntary Organsation (BAVO), the Cwm Taf Morgannwg Health Board, and Cwmpas, all of who form the local network who help connect people with the programme, allow Halo to engage with people who find physical exercise a challenge.

Ryan Statton, Active Communities Manager at Halo Leisure, said: 

“Over the last 4 years, we have seen the power of physical activity, reminiscing, and socialising for people living with dementia, loneliness and depression. It can help manage mood, unlock memories and abilities thought lost, and bring people, including unpaid carers, closer. We are delighted that The National Lottery Community Fund has recognised our work and understood our proposal, and thanks to this funding, we’ll be able to continue this work while also creating more opportunities across Bridgend County Borough”.

To find out more about applying for a grant from The National Lottery Community Fund to support your community, visit www.tnlcommunityfund.org.uk/wales