Harlow-based domestic abuse charity launches community fitness project to help survivors on the road to recovery 

Health / Wed 10th Apr 2024 at 10:20am

A HARLOW-based domestic abuse charity will be running a series of free community fitness sessions open to any women in the local community to raise awareness of domestic abuse and empower survivors. 

Safer Places, a domestic abuse service based in Essex and Hertfordshire, have received over £18,000 from the National Lottery Community Fund to undertake the project.  

The ‘Actively Creating’ project, starting from mid-April, aims to deliver two daytime classes of 2 hours per week over 48 weeks, consisting of yoga, martial arts, and adaptive games focusing on confidence building.  

Janet Dalrymple, CEO of Safer Places, said: “On top of experiencing domestic abuse, survivors are more at risk of physical ailments like fibromyalgia, migraines, and chronic pain; they’re often the sole parent struggling with childcare; they may have had to leave their life and routine behind to get support. All of this can lead to survivors feeling isolated, alone and struggling to build friendships. 

“The sessions will be a vital opportunity for survivors and any other women to socialise, connect and exercise together, and we hope the project will provide a safe a welcoming space for all women in the area.” 

As well as integrating survivors of abuse back into the wider community, Safer Places aims to raise awareness of abuse for women in the general community. 

Lucy Stimpson, who will be leading the sessions, said: “Physical group exercise has a myriad of benefits for a person’s emotional, physical and psychological health.  

“The main goal of these classes is to build women’s confidence and have fun!” 

Alongside the sessions, the women and their children will be invited to plant trees to promote mindfulness, help the local eco-system and symbolise the power of regrowth.  

The sessions will take place in Waltham Abbey as well as in Cheshunt in Hertfordshire 

If you want to find out more about the project and how you can book, please contact Lucy on 07970739072.   

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3 Comments for Harlow-based domestic abuse charity launches community fitness project to help survivors on the road to recovery :

2024-04-11 21:45:39

Cllr Dan Swords, as a male who has suffered 2 admissions last year to mental health units (much clearer now I hasten to add), I would welcome the opportunity to perhaps meet with for a chat to understand what it is really like, and to help people, the best people who know are the people who have dealt with it

2024-04-12 05:51:25

I know so many men who get beat up regularly by their wives. As saw a report 6500 cases of males getting abused by females in Essex.. Lets not forget about them....

2024-04-12 07:51:00

Peter, your absolutely right, as a victim myself I feel that men go unmentioned.

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