Health & Wellbeing

We anticipate that almost half of our Participants will have health issues, many of which have been identified as barriers to employment including depression, anxiety and social isolation.

ROAD’s health and wellbeing offer includes the following themes and corresponding activities:

  • My Physical Health: Physical activity, dance, walking, outdoor activity, horticulture, physiotherapy, healthy lifestyle courses, long-term conditions / weight management, swimming / water aerobics, yoga / Pilates, sports.
  • My Wellbeing: Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, counselling, drama, film, arts & crafts, performance, singing, music, instruments, creative writing, stress, anger and anxiety management, bereavement management.
  • My Confidence: Communication skills, positive steps courses, self-defence, connecting with communities through photography, role-play.
  • My Future: An information source detailing community courses, activities, groups and events that can sustain mental wellbeing. The Financial and Digital Inclusion offer also work to this theme to provide a joined-up approach.

One-to-one work is delivered via qualified Health Trainers, and any specialist provision, such as counselling and physiotherapy, is delivered by suitably qualified and registered practitioners.

All other interventions are ran through group activities.


ROAD Health Trainers are:

Hannah Farran - Health Trainer at Pioneering Care Partnership

Hannah graduated from Northumbria University with a Masters in Law, coming to the role from her previous career as an English Teacher. Having previously competed for Great Britain as a Triathlete, Hannah now runs an elite women’s cycling team competing nationally and internationally. Hannah has a passion for exercise, the outdoors and animals.

Martina Vitale - Health Trainer at Jack Drum Arts

Martina has a passion for food and nutrition: she graduated in Gastronomic Sciences in an International University near Turin, Italy. Her interest for Health & Wellbeing led Martina to attend meditation retreats since young age. She has also been practising a lot of different sports and disciplines, including competitive swimming, rock climbing, Pilates and yoga. She loves to motivate people to improve, change their perspectives and appreciate more “little things” in life.

Laurie Underwood – Health Trainer at Pioneering Care Partnership

Laurie has some entrepreneurial desires, she comes from a diverse background of farming, landscaping and construction – wishing to operate a small holding for health and wellbeing services in the future. Laurie has travelled the world independently and has experienced working in many different roles, she has spent recent years researching and studying alternative therapies for our physical and mental health. Laurie also works for the NHS in mental health services, she has a passion for helping individuals to find their unique values and goals so they can move towards leading a more fulfilled and healthier lifestyle.

Kathryn Harbin - Health Trainer at Pioneering Care Partnership

Kathryn studied Human Nutrition at Northumbria and graduated in 2012 and is currently studying for a MSc in Public Health at Teeside Uni. Having worked in health improvement and behaviour change for the last 5 years, Kathryn had a stint as both Area Sales and Retail Managers before that. Kathryn loves to run, hike and anything that pushes her endurance. Her main interests are her kids and dog, with 2 Teenagers, a toddler, and a 14 year old Whippet!