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Social Prescription takes to the Water

10 June 2013

Rotherham United Community Sports Trust has been working alongside Voluntary Action Rotherham and the NHS to offer preventative care to people with long term medical conditions.

People are referred onto the Social Prescription group by their Doctors and the Social Prescription Team at Voluntary Action Rotherham, where they are offered the choice of a stadium day or a home visit.

Disability Officer Leon Wormley was recently handed the management of the Trusts Social Prescription project.  As part of the project Leon delivered a six week weight management programme with the Thursday morning group. 

By the end of the programme we have seen some positive changes in BMI, Waist Circumference and Body Fat %.  One of our participants has lost over 10cm off of her waist circumference which is a massive achievement and one which will significantly reduce the risks of cardio vascular disease, stroke and diabetes. 

Once every month, the stadium group have the choice to go on a day trip with the Trust. For our most recent trip, which took place on Friday 31st May, we arranged a day trip for the group with Swinton Lock, which included a full day’s boat trip on a canal boat from Swinton to Sprotborough and back. 

Disability Officer Leon Wormley said: “The Trip was a massive success and enjoyed by all 20 registered participants.

“The weather was a bright, sunny day which made the day even more enjoyable!” 

This is a referral service only and unfortunately people are unable to be accepted into the groups by ringing up the Trust. Referrals must come through participants’ Doctors and the Social Prescribing team at Voluntary Action Rotherham.

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