The Waite Room C.I.C. Hayle, celebrates after receiving £10 000 in National Lottery funding
The Waite Room C.I.C. based in Hayle is celebrating today after being awarded £10 000 in funding from The National Lottery Community Fund, the largest funder of community activity in the UK.
The Waite Room C.I.C. will use their funding to run PAC 4 MEN. (Physical activity community 4 mental & emotional nourishment)
Regular outdoor training sessions for men, using body weight, slam balls, battle ropes.
These sessions will offer a safe space to explore ’emotional release and connection through physical activity’.
This new National Lottery funding will facilitate a 46-week rolling program of this invaluable project for male attendees in Hayle and surrounding areas. These weekly sessions focus on physical training as a potential tool and coping strategy, to help improve both physical and mental health.
Using body weight exercises, the participants can build a good strong relationship with their bodies as a tool to support their emotional health.
Using weighted equipment such as slam balls and battle ropes allow participants to release emotions in a controlled, liberating way as an alternative or alongside talking therapies. Men tend to find ‘opening up’ through talking harder, and often a physical training approach can have a similar feeling of release.
Working closely with the Social Prescribing Working Team of both Bodriggy and Stennack GP surgeries, local support groups and Community makers, this project offers additional services alongside those that are already offered through both public and private sectors. We focus on creating a safe space to offer individualised, structured and supportive small group programs of exercise available to those with mental and/or physical health problems, particularly those who might otherwise struggle to access them through barriers of cost, social isolation or loss of confidence.

National Lottery players raise over £30 million a week for good causes across the UK. The National Lottery Community Fund distributes a share of this to projects to support people and communities to prosper and thrive.
Tracy Waite, company director and project facilitator said: “Thanks to National Lottery players, this grant means that we can offer the service to individuals in and around Hayle, with mental and physical health problems, to gain recovery, relief, confidence and community through exercise. Being able to continue this project and offer further services for the local community will help so many explore movement as a coping mechanism and healthy alternative alongside traditional offerings. This will make a big difference to people’s lives.” During the pandemic, in 2020 alone, The National Lottery Community Fund distributed almost £1 billion to charities and community organisations across the UK.
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