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.

Lynne Harrison – Health Trainer at Pioneering Care Partnership

Before joining ROAD, Lynne was a teacher and play therapist for 19 years with children and young persons with Autism and SEND. Lynne is also a freelance Fitness Instructor and Personal Trainer, and loves to motivate people to make small changes to achieve a healthier lifestyle. On top of this, Lynne is also a Reiki Practitioner and Massage Therapist, and when she DOES get spare time, she loves to cook, travel, listen to live music, and walk her dog along the beach.

Faye Smith – Health Trainer at Pioneering Care Partnership

Faye left the commercial marketing world after deciding to retrain and follow her desire to work with people. She believes in ‘real people helping real people’ and knows that by implementing small, yet positive changes, we can make all the difference to the way that we live our lives. Now a keen runner, Faye has benefited from significant weight loss and is a huge advocate of the self-care message.