Carers enjoy ‘me’ time at new exercise sessions

From left to right: Jacqui Torris, Caroline Bell and Jayne Turney at Hemel Hempstead's XC Centre

From left to right: Jacqui Torris, Caroline Bell and Jayne Turney at Hemel Hempstead's XC Centre

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Dedicated carers can now enjoy ‘me’ time each week thanks to a new partnership between the Dacorum Sports Trust and Age UK Dacorum.

Now carers have the chance to enjoy a gentle aerobic exercise class – which include seated exercises – both at the XC Centre in Jarman Park, Hemel Hempstead, and at Berkhamsted Sportspace, without having to worry about leaving their cared-for person behind.

This is because there is another gentle aerobics session with trained instructors and support staff running alongside their class, especially tailored for their loved one.

The sessions costs £2.50 per week including a free tea or coffee and an informal chat with Age UK Dacorum staff about any questions or 
concerns about caring.

Every Wednesday, the Hemel Hempstead sessions run from 10am to midday and the classes in Berkhamsted run from 1-3pm.

Anne Harradine, carers support manager with Age UK Dacorum, said: “What makes this scheme so welcome is that the carer can take two hours ‘me’ time, knowing that their loved one is being well looked after and is getting some 
exercise too.

“And if the person they care for doesn’t want to 
exercise or take part, the carer is still very welcome to attend on their own.

Ms Harradine added that there is no need to book – just turn up and you will be made very welcome.

Aerobics instructor, Jayne Turnley said:“Our classes are fun, safe and friendly with motivating music and lots of options for people whatever their physical ability.

“Exercise is good for the mind and body; it’s great for relieving stress, helps prevent injury and increases energy, all so crucial for people caring for someone else.

Carer Caroline Bell said: “I’ve got more energy and I’m motivated now to do more 
exercise.

“It’s time for me. The class has given me a real sense of well-being.”