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The new Every Mind Matters campaign encourages adults to be more aware of their mental health and helps them to discover simple steps to look after their mental health and wellbeing.  Every Mind Matters offers a range of useful resources that help spot the signs of common mental health concerns, provides practical self-care tips and […]

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The weekly timetable of classes ranges from Chair Based Exercise to Light Aerobics and Pilates.  Classes cost just £1* for anyone aged 16+ who qualifies for re:fresh by living, working, having a GP or being in full time education in Blackburn with Darwen. If you would like further information about any of these sessions please […]

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This Stoptober, smokers are being encouraged to end a bad relationship and split up with smoking for 28 days from 1st October. The latest data from the UCL Smoking Toolkit Study suggest a 2.2% drop in adult smoking prevalence so far in 2019. Public Health England is encouraging England’s remaining smokers to join in with […]

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Having many years of walking experience with the Blackburn Ramblers and a lifetime of love for walking in and around Blackburn and the East Lancashire area, Rita now at 90, volunteers to inspire others to walk and gain the many benefits of being in the great outdoors. Rita enjoys showing people with health problems who […]

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The Activity Buddy role is flexible in terms of timing although would need to be at a mutually convenient time for volunteer and service user. This role could take place in Blackburn Sports and Leisure Centre, Witton Park Arena or Darwen Leisure Centre. An induction and training will be given and volunteer expenses will be […]

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THE CHALLENGE As a group, to walk more than a half marathon distance within a forty five minute session at Audley Sports Centre. If the group achieved the half marathon distance, their exercise instructor would match the distance by completing a half marathon run. Eighteen group members took part, all with Chronic Lung disease. Some […]

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The team of volunteers who were nominated are all Physical Activity Leaders, who are responsible for delivering a group exercise session. There are 20 volunteers who form part of this team and they deliver a variety of sessions including: chair based exercise, walking, dance and aerobics, water walking & walking netball. The weekly sessions help […]

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Provided by Blackburn with Darwen’s re:fresh team, appointments are available to book at various locations across Blackburn with Darwen including: Care Network Hub, Blackburn Darwen Health Centre Darwen Leisure Centre Witton Park Arena National statistics show one in three people over 65 falls at least once a year, with most falls happening in the home or garden and often […]

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Most of us know about lung cancer, but fewer people are aware that smoking causes 15 other types of cancer. Besides lung cancer, smoking also causes 15 other cancers – cancers of the bladder, mouth, nasal cavities, pharynx and larynx, stomach, kidney, bowel, liver, pancreas, cervix, and ovaries, oesophagus and ureter, as well as myeloid […]

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Tony has been an active volunteer with re:fresh for a number of years as a walk leader before having to have a double heart bypass last year at Blackpool Victoria Hospital.  Shortly after his successful operation Tony also reached his 70th birthday.  After his successful operation Tony, went through the Active Living Cardiac Rehabilitation programme […]

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