In June 2018 the team at Crisis took along 10 of our members to Afan Valley to attend a one-day health and wellbeing boot camp with Forces Fitness. The goal was to create an opportunity for our members to participate in activities that incorporated fitness, teamwork, nutrition and personal development. The group participated in a range of team based activities that were fun, engaging and allowed them to interact with other members who they may not have met before. This was an experience many of them had never had and they worked really well together, with the help of Sean, to really interact and get involved fully in all of the team challenges. Sean had a brilliant rapport with our members, some of whom have chaotic lives and live with complex issues. The relationship he built with them throughout the day really had a massive impact on how much they enjoyed. Some of the members hadn’t been far out of Swansea so this was also a really good opportunity for them to experience somewhere new aswell.
The day was really well planned out with the needs of the members central to the activities provided and Sean delivered some excellent learning opportunities throughout the day. There was a really good atmosphere throughout and all of our members commented, throughout the day, how much they were enjoying the experience. Providing this kind of experience to our members really supports them with their health and wellbeing, social networks and general personal development that underpins the services and opportunities that our staff here can offer, with the aim of ending homelessness for good. This day really provided members with a break from any of the negative barriers they face daily and allowed them to be themselves in an environment which was fun and supportive.
The members gave Forces Fitness excellent feedback after the day and we have had a number of requests to do this again this year. We are planning another one this summer and our members (and staff) can’t wait! We are really grateful to Sean and the Forces Fitness team for delivering such a great day and we are looking forward to returning again this year.