Virtual Lincs to Health and Wellbeing 

Issued: 8 July 2020

A National Lottery Community Fund grant will help hundreds of isolated and vulnerable residents to gain some normality back into their lives.

Lincs Inspire is delighted to be launching a series of free online classes to help the local community to reconnect and inspire.

The Virtual Lincs sessions are due to launch in the coming weeks, offering a busy programme of weekly community sessions delivered exclusively by Lincs Inspire. They are based on much-loved classes from both the organisation’s Health and Wellbeing facility at Grimsby Leisure Centre and community-based locations, unfortunately on-hold due to the Coronavirus pandemic.  

Prior to lockdown, Lincs Inspire had over 2,000 local residents each week attending these classes within the leisure centre and across community centres, libraries and church halls throughout North East Lincolnshire.

Aimed at those aged over 50, the sessions ranged from sport and leisure classes such as tai chi, zumba gold, line dancing and new age kurling, to arts and crafts including sewing and singing.

Ben Frary, senior sports development officer, said:

“All of our community sessions stopped as soon as we went into lockdown, and even now, as services start to gradually re-open, we appreciate that many of our customers will be cautious about returning to venues, so we thought we should bring our activities to their front room!

“We know how much our customers have missed their weekly classes. For some they are a real lifeline, not only providing them with fun and enjoyable fitness activities, but so many friendships have been formed with each other and with our session leaders.

“This funding from The National Lottery Community Fund is amazing and means that we will be able to offer virtual sessions delivered by our own teams. Certainly, for our arts activities, crafters will be able to see each other, talk to one another and share their creative artwork.

Virtual Lincs is a great way to reconnect with our staff and to also rekindle friendships that many of our regulars have developed with each other, plus most importantly, this project will aim to help participants to regain some of their physical fitness and overall health and wellbeing.”

The funding has enabled Lincs Inspire employees to return to the workplace, purchase essential filming equipment, and even provide activity packs and sports materials for customers to use in their home. Furthermore, the funding means that all Virtual Lincs sessions will be free in the coming months.

Lincs Inspire is contacting customers who attended their Active Seniors sessions, walking netball training, Craft and a Cuppa and sewing groups to share further information about Virtual Lincs.

Virtual Lincs sessions are due to launch towards the end of July and will initially include chair-based sessions, tai chi, low impact dance, interactive craft and sewing classes.

Working with customers Lincs Inspire will also look to expand on this programme, plus encourage new customers to join in and have some fun.