Two retired Tata Steel steelworkers and Community members have recently taken up a project at a local leisure centre aiming to get local people active physically and mentally.
Upon retiring from the steelworks, Mark Davies and Barrie Thorpe started a project called ‘Mind Your Fitness’, a mental health support group bringing people together and starting conversations through sport.
Tata Orb Branch Secretary Paul Horton made a successful application on behalf of his ex-colleagues to Community’s Regional Charity Fund, allowing the project to grow further by providing equipment and local advertising.
After being told of his successful application, Paul said “The project is growing, and a variety of people attend, sometimes just for a coffee and a chat.
“The money provided by Community will be used towards venue hire and providing kit to members who currently don’t have any.
“Lots of great interaction is taking place, and the group is really comfortable in itself now. Thanks to Mark and Barrie for bringing people together, empowering them to talk through sport.”
Mind Your Fitness takes place at Spytty Park Sports Village in Newport on the last Tuesday of every month.
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