Stockport County Community Foundation have joined up as key
sports partners with Heathfield House, a mental health recovery and rehabilitation
unit based in Stockport.
Heathfield House, part of Pennine Care NHS Foundation
Trust, is a step down rehabilitation unit for adults aged between 18 and 65 years,
that provides 24-hour nursing inpatient care.
Cathleen Liu, Senior Occupational Therapist with Pennine
Care, led the team’s recent successful 10,000 Steps Challenge, bringing together
16 service users and 52 staff. The main aim for the challenge was to raise
awareness about physical and mental health conditions and promote healthy
living amongst service users and staff, through conducting “10k steps for 10 days”.
Three teams (each with representation from staff and
service users) were led by service users, who were responsible for collecting daily
pedometer readings. The target was to take 10,000 steps a day for 10 days. This
involved service users taking part in weekly football training sessions
delivered by Stockport County Community Foundation disability football coaches,
circuit and gym training and walking groups.
The individuals and team with the highest number of steps won
and were presented with prizes at a ceremony to celebrate their achievements.
Liu, Senior Occupational Therapist, said
Big Thank You to our service users and staff for taking the time and
effortfrom your work and at hometo help everyone be a step closer -
to happy and healthy lives. Service users are playing football to improve
their mental, physical and social well-being by attending regular training
sessions on Mondays. Their engagement has shown evidence of helping service
users to make supportive friends, stay away from negative habits and develop a
meaningful routine; while improving their self-confidence and fitness, and
reducing physical and mental healthrisk factors. Congratulations
to everyone for putting in the effort and time to complete the 10k Step
Challenge for 10 Days!”
Rigby Bates, Community Foundation Disability Football Coach went onto say:
has been a real pleasure to be involved with Heathfield House as their key
sports partners with the service users who have shown such enthusiasm, energy
and motivation in taking part in the weekly football coaching sessions to
achieve their Steps! It has been quite incredible to witness such commitment in
helping to improve their fitness which has helped to increase both confidence
and self-esteem. Well done to everybody for such a tremendous effort.”
If you know anyone who would like to access the Stockport
County Community Foundations Disability and Mental Health Coaching Football
Sessions please contact Adrian Rigby-Bates on 0161 286 8888 (option 3) or email
More information about Heathfield House is available at: https://www.penninecare.nhs.uk/heathfieldhouse/
Photo Caption: Stockport County Disability Community
Foundations coaches Adrian Bates and Matti Oates with Heathfield House Service
users and staff.