“The Being You Centre at St Ann’s helps you when you’re living with a life-limiting illness to get back to feeling like yourself again.
“We’ve recently started running our popular Move More exercise classes virtually, so people can join in at home. Move More at Home is a gentle exercise class, designed by our physiotherapists to help you keep active at home and learn new exercise techniques.
“Patients from The Being You Centre join in once a week for a five-week programme of virtual classes, with a mixture of chair-based exercises and simple relaxation techniques. Seated exercise is a great way to get you moving, maintain muscle strength and have fun all at the same time.
It’s especially important that we all keep active, especially as we’re all spending more time at home and lots of our other usual activities have changed or stopped. Some of the people who join us are shielding, are housebound or might have symptoms that prevent them from coming to the hospice in person. So, we’ve designed these virtual classes to make sure that everyone is able to join in.
“We know how important the social element is, so this is something we wanted to keep at the heart of our classes. Many people have really missed not being able to come to the hospice and miss the services we offer and face-to-face contact with the teams here. Going virtual has meant our services are now accessible to so many more people and we can still see each other, chat and have fun together while exercising in our own homes.
“It has been rewarding and fun to help people engage with our services in a new way. Not only have we been keeping fit and active, staff and patients have also learnt new digital skills by going virtual.
“Feedback from patients so far has been excellent, which has been really encouraging. They say they have been able to stay more independent, stay motivated, and improve their physical and mental wellbeing. Our classes have been so popular that we plan to run three sessions every week, so more people who are living with a life-limiting illness across Greater Manchester can join in from home.”