Leisure centres set to launch membership offer for people with Parkinson’s

Forum Leisure in Wythenshawe now offers free membership to people living with Parkinson’s.

The Forum Centre’s leisure operations, managed by award-winning operator Everyone Active in partnership with Wythenshawe Forum Trust and MCR Active, are taking part in the new initiative alongside charity Parkinson’s UK.

The free membership gives access to gym, swim, and group exercise classes.

In addition, all members will be offered a personalised exercise prescription through EXi, the easy-to-use exercise referral platform, with Synergy Dance online classes also available. Free carer membership is available if required.

Parkinson’s is the fastest-growing neurological condition in the world, currently without a cure. It affects around 145,000 people in the UK and there are more than 40 symptoms, from tremor and pain to anxiety.

Being physically active can play an important role in living well with Parkinson’s. People living with the condition find various activities, from walking to dance, beneficial in managing their symptoms.

Gareth Wagg, Everyone Active’s contract manager, said: “We are immensely proud to launch this partnership with Parkinson’s UK and hope it will make a real difference to many people’s lives.

“We want to encourage the whole Parkinson’s community to exercise and are confident we have an activity for all, no matter what your age, ability or fitness level.”

Chief executive of Wythenshawe Forum Trust Eddie Flanagan said: “The Forum hub is an inclusive environment with activities to suit all ages, abilities, and fitness levels.

“Being more active will help members to live well with Parkinson’s, improving their physical fitness and emotional wellbeing.”

Tom Ingram, corporate partnerships manager at Parkinson’s UK, said: “We’re delighted to partner with Everyone Active, who have very generously offered complimentary membership for people living with Parkinson’s and their carers.

“Being physically active is important for everyone. It supports both physical and mental health and depending on what you choose, can provide social support and interaction, all of which can really help people living with Parkinson’s and those providing informal care.

“Developing a regular physical activity habit can make a person feel more in control when living with the condition. Quality of life can be enhanced, and independence and confidence maintained.

“We hope that with the support of Everyone Active, the Parkinson’s community can enjoy physical activity and use it to make a real difference to their lives.”

For further information or to join, visit https://www.everyoneactive.com/promotion/parkinsons/

Those with underlying health conditions such as heart problems, diabetes or breathing issues should contact their GP before starting any new activity.