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I would like to share with you some fabulous news! We made a successful application to the National Lottery Community Fund and, as you will read below, this money will help us to benefit a lot more people. As you know after suffering a cardiac event it’s vital to take on board the early support and advice given by the hospital cardiac rehab team and your G.P. But keeping the health advice going after the initial shock wears off can be challenging. This is where we can help.
We provide long-term exercise classes for you and your partner. Classes are run by specialist fitness instructors, in your local community.
People tell us that since joining one of our classes they are fitter, healthier, more confident, and independent. Many are friends with others who know exactly what they are going through.
Sadly, the number of people going to our classes in Blaenau Gwent is poor. To reverse this trend, we successfully applied to the Wales Community Fund for money to help us improve things.
We are –
1. Increasing awareness of our service through the production of a ‘Welcome Video’. Including testimonials from class members, it will be shown to patients in early cardiac rehab. It will also appear on our website and Facebook page.
2. Giving people a choice of how and when they wish to take part in CR. We will offer live stream classes on social media alongside telephone support. Supporting people who may not for whatever reason be able to get to a class.
3. Giving people reassurance and feedback on their progress. In a time when GPs are struggling with their workload, we will give members the opportunity to have an annual health and fitness assessment.