New gym to help vulnerable

Bournemouth Echo: OPEN:  Mayor of Bournemouth Cllr Phil Stanley-Watts cuts the ribbon to open the new gym at the Hope Housing Training and Support centre at St Swithuns Road OPEN: Mayor of Bournemouth Cllr Phil Stanley-Watts cuts the ribbon to open the new gym at the Hope Housing Training and Support centre at St Swithuns Road

A NEW gym has opened for the service users of a Bournemouth-based charity.

Hope Housing, Training and Support Ltd have raised funds and received donated equipment for the benefit of the 47 vulnerable residents who are helped by the charity, to improve their health and self-esteem.

The mayor of Bournemouth, Cllr Phil Stanley-Watts, was at Hope’s headquarters yesterday to cut the ribbon and told how impressed he was that it had all been made possible, with support from others.

He said: “I think that it is fantastic that John Lewis have supported this and that we have something like this in the area.”

He added: “If you have a gym here, you can get them into the fitness groove, and it’s a fantastic way to get people involved.

“The more people that you can get into exercise, the better, as it can reduces addiction, and crime rates in the local area.”

Julie Berti, charity manager, said: “We were thinking what we could do with this room, as we wanted something for the fitness side, which would also bring people together, which all of the 47 residents could use.

She added: “We are trying to do things to get people out and about, so we have had people helping to re-do the garden and we have been able to do cooking courses as well.

“We’ve had half of the equipment for a year, but we needed to raise the rest of the money to complete the multi-gym and get the room painted and decorated,” she said.

“Our mission was to have it finished for winter and we’ve done it.”

Hope offers supported housing for single homeless individuals aged between 16-65, who may have previously been affected addiction, unemployment or a family breakdown, to provide them with the skills to enable them to live independently.

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3:39pm Thu 8 Nov 12

pete woodley says...

Funny how this is mentioned near to the pcc elections,and no mention that they bring people in from other areas.
Funny how this is mentioned near to the pcc elections,and no mention that they bring people in from other areas. pete woodley

4:23pm Thu 8 Nov 12

KLH says...

Vulnerable people. Those with mental health problems that are not the result of alcohol and drugs would benefit from premises where they can exercise in peace and quiet away from the posers and beefcakes. And use the premises for better health, not a catwalk or social club. More places like this please!
Vulnerable people. Those with mental health problems that are not the result of alcohol and drugs would benefit from premises where they can exercise in peace and quiet away from the posers and beefcakes. And use the premises for better health, not a catwalk or social club. More places like this please! KLH

4:28pm Thu 8 Nov 12

KLH says...

.....like a lot of mainsteam gyms.
.....like a lot of mainsteam gyms. KLH

4:40pm Thu 8 Nov 12

pete woodley says...

Find out more KLH.
Find out more KLH. pete woodley

12:35pm Sat 10 Nov 12

pete woodley says...

Hope "charity",is one way of letting properties ?
Hope "charity",is one way of letting properties ? pete woodley

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