Inspire Blog

Welcome to the Inspire Blog. Here you will find all the latest stories from you - our members, and top tips to help you get where you want to be. 

Our members inspire us everyday - if you have a story you would like to share with us, we would love to hear it! Get in touch at enquiries@lincsinspire.com

Armistice Day, 1919
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Armistice Day, 1919

As we stop to commemorate the sacrifices of members of the armed forces and civilians in times of war, we share an account of the first ever Armistice Day in Grimsby, 1919, as told through resources in Grimsby Local History Library.

Exercising for mental health
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Exercising for mental health

Harry has long suffered with his mental health. Years ago a care worker recommended that he joined a gym and a referral set him on a fitness journey and lifestyle change. He now has a new outlook on life.

Inspiring Customer Turned Instructor
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Inspiring Customer Turned Instructor

This Breast Cancer Awareness month we share the story of our health and wellbeing instructor, Michelle Mussell. Initially a member referred to us to help with her recovery from breast cancer, Michelle is now an invaluable member of the team inspiring others.

New Board Member Making Connections
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New Board Member Making Connections

Lincs Inspire welcomes a new member to its Board of Trustees, business director and chair of the North East Lincolnshire Chamber of Commerce, Irene Keal.

Never Give Up
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Never Give Up

As part of World Mental Health Day (October 10), Victoria shares her inspiring story of how our exercise referral programme Active Forever has helped her to better manage her mental health challenges.

Training with a visual impairment
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Training with a visual impairment

David is visually impaired and is supported regularly by our fitness team to train at the Health and Wellbeing Centre gym. We share his story as part of Fitness Day to motivate and inspire others.

Prolonging Parkinson's Progress
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Prolonging Parkinson's Progress

A year after being diagnosed with Parkinson's, Dirk was referred by his Parkinson's nurse to the Wellness Hub. He has seen an improvement in his posture and agility and is prolonging the progress of Parkinson's symptoms.

World Indoor Rowing Champion
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World Indoor Rowing Champion

Lincs Inspire Leisure Member Andy Sangster cruises to victory at the World Indoor Rowing Championships in the 2000m row.

World MS Day – Creating Connections
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World MS Day – Creating Connections

Nerve pain, fatigue and balance problems are some of the challenges Kelly Pearce faces as part of managing Multiple Sclerosis (MS). In just one year of exercising at the Wellness Hub she’s been able to rebuild her strength and confidence and is now able to walk unaided.

Stroke Awareness
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Stroke Awareness

This Stroke Awareness Month we share a further story from a member who is living with the effects of a stroke. Peggy is using our Wellness Hub to help re-gain the movement in her left-hand side.

Facility Supports Stroke Patient
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Facility Supports Stroke Patient

Lesley was referred to the Wellness Hub by her physio after suffering a stroke. Lesley felt an instant relief when she first started thanks to the benefits if provides.

"Magical Wellness Hub"
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"Magical Wellness Hub"

An inspiring member shares her story about how the Wellness Hub has made a lifechanging impact on her mental health.

World Meditation Day
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World Meditation Day

Mindfulness is an important element within many of our exercise classes, helping manage the stresses of daily life. Practising mindfulness on a regular basis can help improve mental wellbeing and overall health and happiness.

Fibromyalgia Awareness
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Fibromyalgia Awareness

On National Fibromyalgia Awareness Day we share Tracy's story. Tracy uses our Wellness Hub to help manage her symptoms of Fibromyalgia. She explains how it's boosted her confidence.

MS Week: Exercise Therapy
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MS Week: Exercise Therapy

This MS Week we share Ron's story, who uses our Wellness Hub three times a week to help manage the condition and his symptoms.

Inspirational Swim Teacher
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Inspirational Swim Teacher

Sheila reflects on her career teaching and coaching swimming and she celebrates her 80th birthday. Everyone at Lincs Inspire wishes her a happy birthday.

Celebrating Neurodiversity
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Celebrating Neurodiversity

As part of Autism Acceptance Week, Stewart, who is diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome, a form of Autism, shares his story, explaining how the Wellness Hub has brought friendship, laughter and been a 'home from home'.

Daily Swim Inspires Career Change
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Daily Swim Inspires Career Change

Keen swimmer swaps his career in logistics to become a Lifeguard, aged 73. Stan shares his story to inspire others. He says: "Anybody can do it if they put their mind to it."

The Creation of Railway Towns
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The Creation of Railway Towns

A new book showing the impact of the railways on the evolution of the area is available for reference at Grimsby Central Library.

It's okay to be different
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It's okay to be different

Inspiration from our fitness instructor, Sam Dobson, who has Cerebral Palsy. On Zero Discrimination Day he talks about the challenges he's overcome and how his passion for fitness and mind over matter attitude has seen him prove many people wrong.

We're All Unique!
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We're All Unique!

“The world is less boring if everyone has something a little bit different about them. We’re all unique and have something to offer." the words of Leanne Stephen, Customer Service Officer, who on Zero Discrimination Day shares her inspiring story.

Short Story Competition
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Short Story Competition

Congratulations to our short story competition winner - Tim Mickleburgh and runner-up - Trevor Millum.

"I've got my life back."
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"I've got my life back."

A member who regularly attends our new Wellness Hub talks about how a degenerative disc and a bulging disc left her unable to walk. After visiting the Wellness Hub she has turned her life around.

Houseplant Week
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Houseplant Week

To celebrate UK Houseplant Week, Grimsby Health & Wellbeing Centre have brightened up the Creative Hub with a range of plants bringing a number of benefits to the wellbeing of customers and staff.

Active Ageing
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Active Ageing

Nancy shares her experiences of how much younger she feels after keeping fit and healthy at the Wellness Hub. She also shares how much enjoyment she gets from being able to meet new people.

Grief Awareness Week
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Grief Awareness Week

As part of National Grief Awareness Week (December 2-8), Health Improvement Coordinator Ian Shorley-Harlow shares his story around the loss of his parents in the hope that it will help others who may be suffering grief in silence.

Architect sets out vision for Lincs Inspire
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Architect sets out vision for Lincs Inspire

Architect and champion for North East Lincolnshire joins Lincs Inspire's board of trustees and talks about his ambitions for the chaitable trust.

Strength to Inspire
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Strength to Inspire

Lesley has been a Lincs Inspire member for four years following a 20-year battle with alcohol addiction. In that time she's built up her physical and mental strength whilst using Grimsby's power-assisted exercise equipment. A delight to have in the centre, Lesley is happy for us to share her story of determination and strength.

Armistice Day in Grimsby, 1918
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Armistice Day in Grimsby, 1918

Using the resources at North East Lincolnshire Archives, Archivist Adrian Wilkinson paints the scenes of Armistice Day in Grimsby on 11th November, 1918 in this moving account of the day unfolding...

Exercise is Medicine
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Exercise is Medicine

Grimsby Health & Wellbeing Centre has recently opened its brand new Wellness Hub. In this short video we show you around and hear from our wellbeing team. We also feature four members who are benefiting from the power-assisted equipment.

Support for Breast Cancer Patient
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Support for Breast Cancer Patient

Dawn Day has recently been referred by her GP to Lincs Inspire's Active Forever programme after chemotherapy treatment left her with chronic fatigue following her battle with breast cancer.

Exercising for Mental Health
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Exercising for Mental Health

Exercising is a powerful medicine for the mental health challenges that people face. From improving sleep patterns, relieving stress, having a positive mind-set and aiding relaxation; exercise can be used to help you feel better and improve your wellbeing.

David & Vespa's Fitness Journey
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David & Vespa's Fitness Journey

David recently joined us via our 12 week GP referral programme Active Forever. He has Retinitis Pigmentosa (RP) and is legally registered as blind. He has gone from strength to strength by working with Vespa the Guide Dog and our fitness instructors.

Active Together with Active Forever
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Active Together with Active Forever

Grimsby couple Jean and Edgar Gibbins have been married for 57 years and have both recently found a new shared hobby exercising at the toning suite at Grimsby Health & Wellbeing Centre.

Taking a breath is using time effectively
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Taking a breath is using time effectively

We’ve loved welcoming back all our class members over the past fortnight. Over 600 of you have already joined us for our revised timetable since reintroduction! One of the many classes we offer is Yoga with Christine on Thursday mornings at Grimsby Health & Wellbeing Centre.

Charlie's Continuous Improvement
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Charlie's Continuous Improvement

Charlie Greenwood is 28 years old and has been playing roller hockey since the age of 10. He has represented the England national team at the European Championships and World Games and trains at Grimsby Leisure Centre.

Bringing Colour to Cleethorpes
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Bringing Colour to Cleethorpes

Cleethorpes Library are celebrating the beauty in the world around us by recognising the work of sketcher, artist and seller - Sarah Palmer and her business - The House with the Blue Door.

Family History Research From Afar
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Family History Research From Afar

At Lincs Inspire Libraries we help many local people in their quest to research their family history, putting pieces of a jigsaw together through various online resources, reference materials, maps, photographs and local knowledge.

Judith's Dedication
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Judith's Dedication

Judith is the toning suite's longest serving member. Proud of her longstanding commitment to fitness and the role she has played in the evolution of the suite over the years, she met with us to share her story.

Active Forever Success
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Active Forever Success

Since childhood, Christina has been managing a medical condition called Scoliosis. She was keen to join a supported gym programme and when discussing this with her GP, was referred on to Active Forever.

Forming Positive Habits
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Forming Positive Habits

Leanne Stephen and her friend Jodie Hogarth are both half way through the Gym Shark 66 Challenge, a 66 day event that challenges those taking part to make a pledge that will change their life in some way.

Determination, Positivity and Fitness
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Determination, Positivity and Fitness

Matthew Bloomfield met with us to help raise awareness of Guillain-Barré syndrome and share how our Leisure facilities are helping to improve his wellbeing.

Perfect Pass Rate
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Perfect Pass Rate

A pass rate of one hundred percent has been awarded to Lincs Inspire following an annual assessment from the Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK).