Gaining Independence Through Exercise

Whorlton1 612x460Johnathan Whitwell, our Sports Coordinator who works in our services in the North East, has a fantastic story of positive change and how Chris, a person he supports at Whorlton Hall, gained more independence through increasing physical activity. Chris is proud of his story and his progress, particularly with his BMI and would love to share this with you all.

Whorlton BMISince 2015, Johnathan has helped Chris to take part in many physical activity sessions and get involved in community based settings. He now has a good understanding of rules and why exercise is good for the body. As a result of this increase in activity, Chris’ hand eye coordination is improving and so is his attention span. Both of these are hugely important for moving on to living more independently. His increase in attention span has lead him to win at games such as cone darts and archery.

The biggest result of the change in regular activity has been the reduction of Chris’ BMI into close to the normal BMI range. Johnathan is working with Chris to help him maintain this by continuing his involvement in exercise. Well done Chris for working so hard to get involved. It looks like it’s really paying off!

Whorlton2 640x480Johnathan has clearly made a difference to people’s fitness and health since starting in his role as Sports Coordinator. He has been praised by the CQC in a recent inspection of Whorlton Hall, where they noted his commitment to quality improvement and innovation. The report commended the development of bespoke learning disability and autism friendly sports based activities, which have reduced service users’ BMI and number of incidents, while at the same time improving engagement. Thank you Johnathan for all your hard work and dedication to the people you support – you have made a real difference.