When Covid closed the physical classes, we realised that our participants were isolated in their own homes, with little contact from the outside world. We acted as quickly as possible to make them feel they were not alone. Firstly, regular phone calls to ask how they were and check on general wellbeing. Secondly, set up Zoom sessions online. We sent out step by step instructions how to get online, phone calls to participates, carers, family, showing in detail how to setup zoom. On occasions set up their laptops from the doorstep! Third stage, after we knew zoom sessions were going well and the weather got better and we were able to set up outside actual chair classes to run alongside the zoom sessions. The chairs were measured to the government guidelines of 6 feet apart and the ladies and gents really enjoyed the social distance classes. The constant involvement via zoom, classes, emails and phone calls helped to keep the ladies and gents active, responsive and really grateful to JM team.
This work led to Just Movement becoming approved providers for the Asthma and Lung UK (formerly British Lung Foundation) and Age UK. As a result, our team produced a DVD for Age UK for their ‘We are Undefeatable’ project funded by the Richmond Group of Charities of which Age UK and Asthma and Lung UK (British Lung Foundation) members.