One of the UK’s largest social care charities, Community Integrated Care, has launched a free wellbeing resource for people with learning disabilities and autism, inspired by the Rugby League World Cup.
Created in collaboration with the Rugby League World Cup, the toolkit provides guidance to support people to create special Walking for Wellbeing groups and shares top tips to adopt healthier lifestyle choices.
From mindfulness techniques to meal planning, the toolkit also provides a month-by-month guide to help people build upon skills that can lead to improved physical and mental wellbeing.
The toolkit has been specifically designed to engage people who access social care and support services, however people of all ages and backgrounds can benefit from this guide – including schools, community groups, amateur rugby league teams, or simply groups of friends who want to get active together.
The guide kicks off in January, where users are challenged to reflect on the past year, set themselves New Year’s Resolutions and plan their first ‘Walk for Wellbeing’ for 2022.
John Hughes, Director of Partnerships and Communities at Community Integrated Care, said:
“We’re excited to share our Walking for Wellbeing Toolkit for 2022 and look forward to seeing the people we support and our wider communities getting involved in the exciting challenges that we’ve created for people throughout the year. We hope that this will be a valuable resource, not only for people in our charity, but for anyone who would like to improve their mental and physical wellbeing as one of their New Year’s Resolution too.
We already have groups across the country participating in the project, who began their wellbeing journeys last year, and it will be fantastic to see this initiative reach even more people over the coming months. We’d like to say a huge thank you to our partners at the Rugby League World Cup 2021 and Sport England, for making these opportunities possible – and as a result, helping us ensure that the people we support have access to incredible experiences and live the best lives possible.”
Oliver Thomason, Sports Inclusion Assistant at Community Integrated Care shared his thoughts on the guide:
“Our new Walking for Wellbeing toolkit is a fantastic way to get started on your New Year’s Resolutions and try something new – there’s something for everyone to get involved with. I found the guide really helpful as there are some great ideas on how to live a healthier lifestyle – from getting enough sleep to being outside more and looking after your mental wellbeing.
It’s also really good fun to take part in the activities each month and I am already excited about setting myself some new goals in January. I can’t wait for others to give it a go too and to see how different walking groups take on the monthly challenges.”
The resource has been created as part of Community Integrated Care’s ground-breaking partnership with the Rugby League World Cup 2021 and Sport England, which aims to change lives, promote inclusion and create greater opportunities in communities for people with care and support needs.
The guide is free to download here.