Argyll and Bute Council News Round up - 04 April 2014

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Welcome from Policy Lead for Community and Culture, Councillor Robin Currie

People across Argyll and Bute are signing up for ‘ArgyllActive’. Councillor Currie explains how it could help you or someone you know.

“The council is working to ensure that people in our communities have the opportunity to live healthy, active lives throughout their lives.

“As part of this we have introduced ArgyllActive to three of our leisure centres with plans to extend that to a further two. It is an eight week fitness plan which can help people recover from health problems and reduce the risk of serious chronic illness.

Last year alone 343 people were referred to ArgyllActive by GPs and physiotherapists, mental health practitioners and the council’s housing services, for supervised fitness sessions. 

If ill health strikes, the ArgyllActive programme is designed to help people regain their fitness and their confidence. If you think it could help you or someone you know, I would encourage you to find out more.”

Facts and Figures

  • 88% of clients ‘felt better after attending the course’ and many said it improved their overall confidence
  • The council’s fitness instructors are qualified to the Register of Exercise Professionals Level 3 and above
  • Not all clients (33%)clients who were referred felt they were ready to start the programme
  • The programme in funded by the council with subsidy from the NHS, however the income generated by the programme, plus the NHS subsidy, enables the programme to cover delivery costs.
  • Clients pay reduced prices of £2.75 per session instead of £4.10 – this includes access to the swimming pool and health suite
  • The programme is in place in Helensburgh, Campbeltown and Dunoon with instructors currently being trained to deliver in Rothesay Leisure Centre and Lochgilphead Mid Argyll Sports Centre

ArgyllActive is presently provided in Campbeltown, Aqualibrium - Campbeltown, Dunoon, Riverside Swim and Health Centre and Helensburgh, Helensburgh Swimming Pool. Please contact them for more information.

Did you know?

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News from the council

By Election for Oban, South and the Isles Ward: Argyll and Bute Council is holding a by-election for one seat in its Oban, South and the Isles ward on Thursday 22nd May 2014

Council cracks down on benefit fraud: People in Argyll and Bute who try to claim benefits to which they are not entitled could find themselves with a criminal record, a hefty fine or worse, as agencies work together to fight against benefit fraud in the area.

Argyll and Bute’s Baton Bearers bring Commonwealth Excitement: Several talented people from across Argyll and Bute have been chosen to take part in the Glasgow 2014 Queen’s Baton Relay ahead of this summer’s Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

Council helps ENABLE celebrate 60 years: Argyll and Bute Council held a civic reception to celebrate 60 years of ENABLE Scotland supporting children and adults with learning disabilities, and their families

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Our next News Round Up will be issued on 11 April. If you have any comments or questions on the News Round please contact press@argyll-bute.gov.uk