27 May 2019

YMCA and SCOSA on the move at The Valleys Lifestyle Centre

YMCA South Australia in conjunction with SCOSA (Spastic Centres of South Australia) has launched ‘Move n Include’ at The Valleys Lifestyle Centre.

‘Move n Include’ is a social, exercise-based movement program for people living with disability, aimed at extending their physical activity, dexterity, balance and coordination in a fun and social environment.

The program is run weekly on Thursdays and started at the centre on 2 May. The Valleys Lifestyle centre manager Ben Whalan said that the successful launch was encouraging and anticipated that more participants would become involved as the initiative gained exposure.

“It places participants in a setting that helps facilitate community connection and interaction and we are lucky to have (instructor) Deb Noble running the sessions. Deb’s enthusiasm and positivity has been embraced very quickly,” he said.

‘Move n Include’ is a structured program incorporating gym and floor equipment in a circuit-style formation, developed in conjunction with an occupational therapist and overseen by a program coordinator.

The instructor oversees the session where all participants move through a circuit of stations with whatever level of support required, provided by their support person or carer. Sessions run for up to an hour depending on the formation of the group attending.

Recently appointed SCOSA Clare manager, Fiona Mercer, said that the program was unique and was one of a number of initiatives planned to grow participation across the region.

‘Move n Include’ is also run at the John McVeity Centre in Elizabeth.

For more information on our programs, visit LEAP Inclusion Services.

The SCOSA 'Move n Include' group at The Valleys Lifestyle Centre (back from left) The Valleys YMCA manager Ben Whalan, YMCA facilitator Deb Noble, Angela, Paula, Kathryn (all disability worker)s, Peter, Clare SCOSA manager Fiona Mercer, (sitting on mat) Shaun, Megan, Jasmin and Peter.