Because we have been busy.
2022 has been a transformational year. We have had lots to keep us occupied here at MOVEability, which is why we have been relatively quiet these past few months.
It’s all very exciting, and more importantly, the work we’ve been undertaking will help us reach and support more of you, both in the short and long term.
Becoming a social enterprise
We firmly believe that no one should be excluded from the opportunity to exercise.
Movement is the key to wellbeing, and we believe that people with disabilities, limited mobility and chronic conditions should have the same opportunities as able-bodied people to improve their physical & mental health.
For this reason, we are committed to keeping our classes as accessible as possible and reaching more people who will benefit from them.
That we are driven by such a strong social purpose inspired our decision to become a social enterprise earlier this year.
As a social enterprise, we can access additional support that will allow us to achieve our aims of remaining accessible and widening our reach. Furthermore, because we have committed to reinvesting 50% of our profits into the business, it means that as MOVEability grows, so will the opportunity to reach and support more people.
There are 12 million of you over the age of 65 in England, 5.5 million currently living in chronic pain and millions of you living with conditions including arthritis, Parkinson’s, Fibromyalgia, MS, ME, CFS, COPD and long Covid. So, there are lots of people we can help.
Chronic pain alone accounts for 4.6 million GP appointments in the UK every year, equating to a cost of approximately £69 million. As many of you who have taken part in our classes know, they really do help reduce pain, so our scope for helping reduce the costs to the NHS is huge.
We have successfully won a number of grants that have enabled us to launch classes and will assist us in continuing to build and grow MOVEability.
Launching new classes
The grants allowed us to launch the popular seated exercise class at Alice Bye Court in July.
Thanks to another grant, we will launch a class later this year with Parkinson’s UK. Aimed at people living with Parkinson’s, there will be an onsite class in Newbury as well as an option to join one of our fantastic existing online classes.
Celebrating our existing classes
We have continued to deliver Dancercise and our various seated chair exercise classes both on-site at Hermitage Village Hall and online. The success of these classes is largely down to our core of loyal fans who turn up week in, week out, and we would like to say a huge thank you to each and every one of you.
Through word of mouth and referrals we have been equally pleased to see new faces, and we love hearing the difference the classes make through your feedback and testimonials.
If you’ve not yet tried a class, why not give it a go? Check out our upcoming classes. You can try your first class for FREE. Contact email@example.com, or when booking an online class enter the code LD01-0522 at checkout.