A generous personal trainer from Pinner has set up a non-profit company, providing free fitness sessions to help people with mental health problems.
Matthew Wolstenholme of Avenue Road founded The Fitness Community to give residents the skills and motivation to get in shape and boost their mental health.
Matthew told PinnerNews: “I see a lot of people for their physical health and I realised I could help people with mental health too. The Fitness Community aims to help people who may not otherwise be able to afford personal training and who are suffering from their mental health, to use exercise as a kind of therapy.”
Matthew, who suffers from depression, believes that exercising is a form of medicine. The Fitness Community is determined to use exercise as a tool to change the lives of people with mental health problems.
The Fitness Community offers participants five one-to-one sessions, tailored towards their needs and goals, to ensure they get the most out of the experience. The individual then receives a sustained training plan to keep them motivated and active.
Training sessions are currently offered virtually or outside on a one-to-one basis, in line with the latest government guidelines.
The Fitness Community is open for self-referrals and is currently working on local partnerships with Harrow Council and charity MIND. Matthew hopes to receive funding to support and expand the non-profit and help more people in the community.
Matthew added: “At the moment we are open to referrals with limited capacity. If anyone who reads this thinks it would suit them, feel free to get in touch.”
To find out more and contact Matthew, visit thefitnesscommunity.org.uk