What is the Activity Referral Scheme?
The Activity Referral Scheme is a programme of physical activity designed to help you to improve your health and quality of life. Your local health professionals such as your GP, Practice Nurse or Physiotherapist, can refer you to this programme, where you will receive help and support to become more and stay more physically active.
Who can access the Activity Referral Scheme?
The scheme is open to people who want to get active, over the age of 16 with a stable health condition. Our team are highly trained therefore regardless of the type of condition you may have we will always offer a programme of physical activity suited to your health needs. We offer a wide range of activities including seated exercise, with some activities outdoor or even on the water. If that’s not to your liking, we even offer home exercise too!
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Will I have to wait for an appointment?
No, there are no waiting lists at any of our sites therefore as soon as you call our team we can book you in for your appointment.
Where will the activities take place?
We have a wide range of activities all across the Wigan Borough which take place in leisure centres and community venues, such as scout huts or church halls, to bring activities to you. All our activities have good public transport links and if for whatever reason you do not want to access a group we can provide a home exercise programme so that you can become more active within your own home.
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Will I be supported?
Yes, our officers will support you throughout your time with us and will contact you to discuss your programme and make sure you are getting the most benefits from it. We also offer an open door policy therefore you can pop in or call us anytime for a chat about your programme.
How long will I be able to attend for?
The initial consultation will last for approximately 45 minutes and each activity session between 20 minutes and 1 hour. The programme is for 12 weeks, however we do offer on going support and reduced costs for a further year afterwards.
Who will I see when I get there?
Your initial consultation will be with one of our officers who will keep in contact with you throughout your time with us. They will then introduce you to any other instructors who you may see in activity sessions.
Your local Health Professional such as your GP, nurse or physiotherapist will only refer you to the programme if they believe your condition is stable and believe you are fit to take part in physical activity. When you meet our team your health conditions will be discussed and a programme will be designed to meet your needs.
We regularly see participants with;
- Heart problems
- Back pain
- Lung conditions (Asthma, COPD)
- Stroke, Parkinson’s Disease, MS
- Arthritis and mobility problems
- And many others
We deliver a wide range of specialised sessions such as Cardiac, Stroke, Pulmonary (Lungs) and Back Rehabilitation as well as Hydrotherapy and Adapted Cycles to name just a few.
There is a wide variety of activities available ranging from health walking, cycling, gym sessions and circuits plus specialised sessions such as pulmonary, stroke, back and cancer rehabilitation, hydrotherapy and adapted cycles.
You must first ask your local Health Professional such as your GP, Nurse or Physiotherapist for an Activity Referral Form. Once you have received the form give our team a call on 01942 488 481 and book in for an appointment at a centre close to you. These centres include:
Wigan Life Centre
Ashton Leisure Centre
Robin Park Sports Centre
Hindley Leisure Centre
Howe Bridge Leisure Centre
Leigh Indoor Leisure Centre
Total Fitness Health & Fitness Centre
What should I wear?
You should wear loose fitting clothing and flat comfortable shoes or trainers.
What should I bring with me?
You should bring a drink of water, any asthma inhalers or angina medication that you may have, reading glasses if you wear them and if you are diabetic you should bring a small snack. You will also be given an activity card which to you need to bring along to each visit.
Can I bring someone with me?
Yes you can bring along friends and/or family to any consultations, if you would like them to take part in activities with you they may also need an Activity Referral note dependant upon their health conditions.
All activities are at a reduced cost, typically £2.00-£3.50 and where possible we do provide free activities such as health walks and cycle rides (for your initial 12 weeks).
No, Inspiring healthy lifestyles keep all information confidential and are in no way connected to the benefits team.
I am on sick leave, I am worried my employer will find out?
Your employer should see this as a positive step towards your rehabilitation, don’t forget your Health Professional will have referred you onto this scheme to help you recover and get back to work as soon as possible. All your information is kept strictly confidential and will not be shared with third parties.
Volunteers play an important role in the development and provision of all our physical activity programmes. This not only benefits the local community but also themselves. Volunteering gives you the opportunity to develop an interest, learn new skills, gain a qualification, or develop a career. There are a wide variety of opportunities available to you in your local community and volunteering is also flexible so you can give as much or as little as you want. Inspiring healthy lifestyles volunteers are provided with training opportunities and constant ongoing support to help in them in their role.
The Activity Referral Scheme is currently looking for freelance exercise instructors to support our specialised sessions. If you are a qualified fitness instructor looking to gain experience within the field of exercise referral then this may be the opportunity you have been waiting for!
If you would like to be involved either as a volunteer or freelance instructor, please contact the team on 01942 488 481 or email firstname.lastname@example.org