Story by Kate Sheldrick | Photos by Aspiring Communities Together
Congratulations and celebrations were the order of the day on Wednesday 22nd March at the Healthy Living Centre, which is based in the Fir Vale Centre on Earl Marshal Road. Set up twelve months ago, the Healthy Living Centre comprises a community café, which is open to all, and a women only gym.
The gym is fully equipped, run by trained staff, with beauty therapy facilities also available. Fitness classes run throughout the week, and advice on fitness, diet and health issues is provided. Membership fees are set at an affordable level, with day passes also available. Abtisam Mohamed, Chief Executive Officer of Aspiring Communities Together (who set up the Healthy Living Centre), explained that it was set up because of a lack of available and accessible facilities for women. She further explained that the aim of the centre was to make a difference improving lifestyles.
As a result of its own development, the Healthy Living Centre is very proud to report that it has already trained four of the users of the gym as fitness instructors/coaches.
The anniversary celebrations were held from 10am – 3.30pm, and in addition to the café activities, stalls run by local women users of the centre were selling accessories, jewellery, clothes, perfume, pampering treatments and food. Use of the gym was free for the day so everyone could have a go. After the formal welcome to the event, a panel of women users of the centre shared their experiences with those present:
“I joined the gym four months ago. It’s a very friendly place, I feel physically and mentally stronger”
“As well as physical fitness, I’ve developed my social skills and become a motivator!”
“It encourages people, it’s absolutely brilliant”
“It’s nice to meet new people”
“I was very shy, with no confidence and a weight problem. By using the gym and with the help of the trainers I have lost weight, and am now happy and confident”
“People are proper and nice, it’s helped me emotionally and physically, I now feel ‘I can do it’”.
Abtisam Mohamed feels that the centre has shown it can empower women, giving them confidence and strength. The Healthy Living Centre’s achievements in its first twelve months appear to fit well with this year’s International Women’s Day theme of ‘Be bold for Change’.
It was a real pleasure to see the users of the centre celebrating all their achievements. The testimonials by the women whose lives have improved through using the centre were very uplifting.
Congratulations to the Health Living Centre!
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An upcoming community event will be taking place in June and community volunteers are required. Please contact Nadeen at ACT 0114 243 4340 to find out more.