Staying Active and involved in and around Tavistock
Swimming, Mount Kelly Swim Centre
Swimming, can be hugely advantageous as, not only does it involve physical exercise, and all the benefits that brings, it also has the advantage of being a low impact sport, while water is an effective aid to relaxation, helping to reduce anxiety.
The Alliance arranges a one-hour session at the Mount Kelly Swim Centre on the third Saturday of very month at 1pm. All the lifeguards are trained to help and make it most enjoyable – and exercise as well!
A number of local groups encourage people of all ages to walk for their health. Varied degrees of walking are available from any of the following:
Tavistock Walk and Talk: www.walkingforhealth.org
Tavistock Ramblers: www.tavistockramblers.org
Tamar Valley Walking: www.tamarvalley.org
Many people with a dementia and their families want to carry on doing what they have always done for as long as they are able. This included gardening and appreciation of gardens. Our research with the Memory Café revealed the single biggest issue facing those with a dementia and their families is social isolation and loneliness - so the thought of building this community resource to combat this was born.
The Garden is always open - please visit us in Plymouth Road near the Bowls Club. We even have Garden parties!
Tavistock Area Support Services (TASS) groups
Music and movement: If you find yourself drumming your fingers, tapping your feet, clapping your hands, then you need Music and Movement. If you want to keep moving, stay active, improve balance and strength, then you definitely need Music and Movement.
On Monday mornings at the Anchorage, Rosie puts people through their paces (and they don’t even realise it)! Following routines to music is fun but underlying these routines are genuine health benefits learned with Physiotherapists, researched and proven. Keeping active and social is good for you but the exercise routines will improve core strength as well as balance. It will also help to keep the joints working. This group is very popular so ensure you get onto the waiting list as soon as possible. Also Look out for TASS one off dance events like Greek Dance on Sunday afternoons.
Bingo Friday If its Friday afternoon, then it must be Bingo. Always good fun and the chance of winning something, what’s not to like? There is always a couple of rounds and a cup of tea with homemade cake.
Tai Chi. Gentle and meditative types will enjoy Tai Chi on a Monday 12.30 and Wednesday at 10am. The group is so quiet and peaceful we forget it is there. If it’s calm you are looking for then moving meditation groups like these are what you need. The great things about Tai Chi is that you only do as much as you can, it is non-competitive and beginners can be mixed in with those more experienced. If you are unsure, just come along and try it out.
The coffee lounge is open Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays 10.00am - 12.30pm.
Table Tennis, Yoga, Whist, Buffers (train enthusiasts) are also available.
Transport can be arranged for some activities.
Associated Groups: Tavistock Parkinson's Group; Tavistock Stroke Club, Macular Disease, Tavistock Memory Café.
Support is also available from both professional and voluntary groups ranging from the provision of transport to Memory Cafes.