Neatishead Community Gym
Neatishead Community Gym was established in June 2011 in recognition that there was no local facility for exercise, and the costs of visiting local towns to access a gym or fitness class presented a significant obstacle.
The Gym is based at the village hall and runs sessions three times per week led by a qualified fitness instructor who carries out initial assessments and designs personalised exercise programmes. Members pay an initial joining fee, and can choose from a range of service levels, with special rates for people referred by their GP. Individuals referred suffer from a range of health issues including diabetes, stroke, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, obesity and bone and joint problems. The Gym has also responded to requests to provide a session for teenagers. Since the project started, over 170 different people have used the Gym and it continues to attract new members. Annual surveys show that 90% of participants have achieved or begun to achieve their health related goals.
In 2013 a grant of £3,900 was awarded from the Victory Housing Trust Community Fund to help the gym continue towards sustainability.