Wakefield Trinity Community Foundation

Active Lives | Our Story

When Peter and Valerie Smith first walked into the Be Well Support Stadium for the first Active Lives session, they were stunned by how much would be covered on the course. Now, a few weeks into the programme, they are really feeling the benefits.

After hearing of the up-and-coming programme through our friends at Live Well Wakefield, the couple sought to fix a few arthritic problems that have been troubling them in the past.

Following two years of uncertainty due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the couple found it difficult to find any solutions to their problems, with the new programme put on by the Foundation acting as a way to slowly integrate back into ‘normal’ life.

“I had been diagnosed with acute anxiety, low mood and lack of confidence due to the pandemic,” Valerie explained.

“Being an ex-nurse, and used to helping others, I thought I should be able to sort myself out.” 

“This wasn’t the case and, one day, it hit me with a bang, and I broke down in tears not knowing which way to turn.

“I was sceptical of what this programme could do for me and with trepidation, I thought I would give it a go.”

While, her husband, Peter, followed, “I learnt about the project from my wife when she attended the first Zoom meeting.

“We discussed the project and decided it would be worth me attending to support her, as there appeared to be spaces available and it sounded interesting.

“I felt we had nothing to lose.”

Working with both Live Well Wakefield and West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership, the Foundation wanted to use the brand of Wakefield Trinity to tend to those living with MSK (Musculoskeletal) and other joint-related issues.

Over the 12-week course, participants have looked to improve their physical and mental wellbeing as well as making sure they have a greater awareness of how they can self-manage their conditions with a reduced reliance on pain medication.

“I have enjoyed all the sessions so far and thought they were well presented,” Peter continued. 

“The exercise session was handled on a one-to-one basis and remote from the rest, which was a good idea. I was taught some exercises to help with a right shoulder and arm problem, which has proved beneficial.  

“I feel that the sessions fit well together, offering lots of variety and are full of content to keep you busy and involved. I would encourage others to give it a try.”

While Valerie echoed her husband’s sentiments, “As the course progressed, I found I was looking forward to the next week.

“I can also see an improvement in my self-esteem and confidence. My thoughts of needing to go out walking are a little better and I am beginning to drive again.

“I would like to thank Colan for his enthusiasm, helpfulness and openness. He is a breath of fresh air after the last two horrible years.”

If you, yourself, would like to take part in our Active Lives programme, please email colan.leung@wakefieldtrinitry.com

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