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Case study - Moving with Confidence scheme

Case study: Moving with Confidence scheme

25 May 2022
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It's one year since Wokingham Borough Council identified a health and wellbeing need and launched its Moving with Confidence scheme to help residents recondition through low-intensity, strengthening exercises, helping them to build their confidence and become more mobile following the social isolation created through the Covid-19 pandemic.

 

In turn, the scheme would help assist with the rising demands on adult social care by reducing the number of people needing long-term support, helping to ease the heightening pressure on the NHS, particularly during the pandemic.

 

Initially launched as a pilot, the scheme helped eighty-seven Wokingham Borough residents. Following the success of the pilot and to provide post-Covid support, the Moving with Confidence programme commenced and was jointly funded by the council and the NHS.

 

The Moving with Confidence scheme not only improved the physical health of borough residents but also helped them with their wellbeing, building confidence and improving their independence with daily tasks such as going outside of their home, attending social events and visiting the shops. Evaluation of the scheme demonstrated both improvements in residents’ physical mobility and a positive boost towards their mental health and wellbeing.

 

To date, the programme has made 621 individual visits and helped 157 residents living in the borough. 

 

The Moving with Confidence programme has gone from success to national accomplishment. Earlier this year, the scheme received the Physical Activity Hero Award, awarded to those who have positively impacted others through physical activity and sport in the county during 2021 by the Get Berkshire Active Awards.

 

Ray’s story

 

As the programme is now going into a second year, the council is reflecting on the success of the Moving with Confidence scheme and spoke to Ray, a resident living in Wokingham Borough, who was shielding during the first Covid-19 lockdown.

 

Ray was one of many borough residents identified and referred to the scheme by Age UK Berkshire, the Link Visiting Scheme, the council’s Physiotherapists and Occupational Therapists, Community Navigators and Social Prescribers. He was invited to take part in the scheme in the comfort of his own home.

 

The council’s sport and leisure team visited Ray once a week and helped him with various home exercises including balance, strengthening and practicing manoeuvring around chairs to help his build strength and confidence. Ray completed the programme and participated in a total of ten sessions.

 

Ray said: “The Moving with Confidence scheme helped me build my stamina. I learnt how to practice strengthening exercises with my dining room chair and I continue to exercise daily. The instructors were very helpful and I would highly recommend this scheme.”

 

David’s story

 

Wokingham Borough resident David was also visited at home by the sport and leisure team and received weekly classes to help improve his mobility. Once the six-week course finished, David was referred to join the Long-Term Health Condition (LTHC) gym, a scheme also run by the council, so that he could continue with strength building exercises.

 

David said: “The scheme has helped me to integrate with other borough residents in a similar position. Every week, I look forward to my session and seeing other residents who I have made friends with. I enjoy using the gym equipment which helps me to keep mobile. The instructors are very friendly – they always greet me with a smile and are on hand if I need any help or advice whilst I am exercising. I would recommend this scheme to other residents.”

 

Executive member for environment, sport and leisure, Cllr Ian Shenton said: “The Moving with Confidence programme has been a great success and has supported our residents to lead happy, healthy lives. We are delighted to announce that we will continue the scheme for another year to help many more borough residents improve their confidence, physical activity, mental health and wellbeing post-Covid pandemic.”

 

The Moving with Confidence scheme is one of several sport and leisure programmes aimed at helping residents build independence, improve mobility and wellbeing, whilst also making friends with other people living in Wokingham Borough.


Other sport and leisure programmes include activities for adults with health conditions, dementia-friendly sessions, over 60s SHINE exercise classes, health walks, boxing and many more activities based around the borough. Find out more by visiting the council’s sports, arts and activities webpage.


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