About this cause
Salford Heart Care is an independent charity. We exist to improve the health & wellbeing of older people in Salford through peer-to-peer support. Our objective is “to provide relief & support for individuals & carers in their recovery & rehabilitation from illness & long-term conditions.” We aim to prevent heart disease/heart attacks, reduce social isolation, improve health & wellbeing, provide after care for people with heart conditions & long-term illnesses, & reduce the risk of further heart attacks. We provide support through our "Healthy Heart Clubs" - offering a range of activities to promote wellbeing including gentle exercise, tai chi, relaxation, holistic therapies & healthy living advice. The clubs are a good source of social support for those feeling lonely or isolated.
How this cause brings people in the community together
The funds will help provide activities at our Irlam-based club: exercise, tai chi, relaxation & reiki therapies. The club is very popular - meeting twice weekly, currently supporting more than 100 local older people living with long-term health conditions (females & males aged 65+). The Coordinator of Salford Heart Care runs the sessions with help from a team of 15 volunteers. It will benefit the community by providing older people with access to social support to reduce feelings of loneliness & isolation. They will become more physically active which will help to reduce the risk of falls, strokes & heart attacks. They will gain a better understanding of how stress & anxiety can affect their mental health & emotional wellbeing & can learn coping strategies which can lower blood pressure.