The event was smaller than the first FFF and this created a supportive environment in which everyone was able to engage fully and take part in activities they might not otherwise have felt comfortable trying. In response to feedback from the first event, there were fewer presentations and more hands on workshops. These were well received.
Two general personal assistants were provided for the weekend and their presence and hard work really helped to contribute towards the success of the event and ensured that every participant was to take part in all sessions. Having practical support to position, get on and off the floor and being assisted / directed in the use items of equipment was essential to the wellbeing and participation of everyone, particularly in the Pilates and the exercise sessions
The Facebook group set up following the first event now has 46 members, which includes thalidomiders, the professionals who delivered sessions and one of the general personal carers (who is also an experienced masseur and personal trainer). The group has a monthly weigh-in and shares information on diet, well-being and exercise.
There is a small but keen cohort of beneficiaries who have embraced some long-term life-style changes – some of their stories are shared here. There is no doubt that their involvement in the second event was invaluable - sharing their experiences and the positive changes they’ve enjoyed as a result and this definitely added to the success of the weekend. They were able to share ideas for exercises and lifestyle changes as well as their weight loss success. During the final session of the event, many participants gave positive feedback about their plans to make changes to their lifestyle.
Take a look at the highlights video from the event:
Fit for the future 2016
Here's some information on our first Fit for the Future event which was held on 15 and 16 April in Loughborough.
The event was very well received and enjoyed by everyone who attended.
Some useful ‘Information Sheets’ have been put together following the event. These contain a lot of useful information to enable you to purchase equipment, obtain services and otherwise consider some lifestyle changes.
We are intending to hold further Fit for the Future Events. If you would be interested in attending, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.