FREE YOGA FOR OVER 55s IN PADDOCK WOOD
Paddock Wood residents are being invited to boost their strength and flexibility at a new, free yoga class that has been set up for the over 55s in the village.
The Royal Voluntary Service Practice with Care Yoga group is being managed and organised by a local volunteer and set up as a part of a programme called Bring People Together” being run by national volunteering charity, Royal Voluntary Service together with Prudential. The programme seeks to encourage more people to volunteer to help run, or start their own activities in communities across Kent.
The group meets fortnightly on Saturday mornings (1st and 3rd Saturday of the month) from 10.00 – 10.45 at the Paddock Wood Day Centre, opposite Dowding House on Commercial Road. It is a gentle style yoga class and no previous experience is needed.
The Yoga group is the idea of 42 year old volunteer Penny Wang, who lives locally but works full time in London during the week and is generously sharing her time to run the class. As well as recruiting new members to join the group, Penny is also hoping to attract more volunteers to help her run the sessions and so she can open the class to more people.
Penny Wang says: “Yoga can be beneficial for most people, but in particular, it is good for older adults who want to improve their balance and co-ordination. The gentle movements we do are designed to increase strength, flexibility and breathing, with some evidence showing regular yoga practice can help those with high blood pressure, heart disease, aches and pains, depression and stress. The group is open to anyone over 55 in Paddock Wood. I’d love for more people to join us on a Saturday morning, either as a member of the group or a volunteer, so come along and give it a try.”
Volunteer, Penny is able to offer the sessions on a complimentary basis thanks to support from Paddock Wood Town Council who is gifting the space at the Day Centre.
Meryl Flashman, Chairman of Paddock Wood Town Council commented: “Evidence shows that Yoga is a very beneficial form of gentle exercise for all ages. Paddock Wood Town Council is delighted to lend its support to this new venture as it extends the opportunities available for senior members of the community in line with the original vision for the Day Centre.”
Karen Hilson, Community Engagement and Development Worker for Kent at Royal Voluntary Service said: “We would love to expand this club to enable more people to attend, however we do need more volunteers to help support Penny. You don’t need to be a trained Yoga teacher but if you have experience and would like to learn, then please get in touch. This Yoga class is a fantastic way to meet others in the community and enjoy the benefits that gentle exercise can bring”.
Royal Voluntary Service is one of Britain’s largest volunteering charities with over 20,000 volunteers supporting thousands of people each month in hospitals and in the community. The simple acts of kindness our volunteers provide, whether popping in for tea and a chat, helping out with a lift to a GP or social appointment or running chair-based exercises on ward, help make communities stronger and relieve the pressure on overstretched public services. The charity is also one of the largest retailers in the NHS, with its network of cafes and shops providing a valued haven in hospitals.