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Do you or do you know someone who could do with a little inspiration to keep active this winter?
Do you know someone who has been isolating through the pandemic?
Do you like getting a little treat through the post?
If you answered YES to any of those questions then this is for you!
Physical Postcards will give you or someone you know, the opportunity to receive FREE weekly, beautifully designed postcards through the post for 12 weeks. Each postcard will have bite-sized chunks of exercise, dance and music suggestions that are easy to incorporate into a daily routine. Giving you simple, gentle and fun ways to keep active and moving all from the comfort of your own home.
All activities can be done seated or standing and are designed to be enjoyable, accessible and inclusive.
Lois Taylor, Co-director of Dance Centred, the organisation behind the project says: “We have come up with a unique way of staying connected to those in our community who are most at risk of feeling isolated because of the pandemic. We wanted to be able to give a little inspiration to keep moving for the benefit of health and wellbeing, and Physical Postcards do just that… If you or a loved one doesn’t have access to the internet then this project is a great way of getting something direct to your home that you can use time and again as a little pick me up” All you need to do is call the Physical Postcards Hotline on 07936 648347 Monday to Friday 10am – 4pm or email firstname.lastname@example.org anytime to refer yourself and why not recommend the project to a relative, friend or neighbour who you feel would also benefit from receiving all 12 Physical Postcards. The closing date for signing up is 6/11/20 and the first postcards will be sent mid-November
Physical Postcards is a countywide project and open to all who may not have access to the internet or who are digitally disconnected. Dance Centred, an associate company of Hall For Cornwall, introduced Physical Postcards to the Cornish community as part of a pilot scheme that operated over the Summer, funded by Arts Council England and Feast Cornwall and here is what some of the participants had to say about it:
“Thank you very much for my postcard. It has spurred me into dance action, and it’s great to get something fun in the post.” “It has been so nice receiving the postcards from you. The words, images and thoughts have really encouraged me to move.” “What a lovely idea to get us moving in these odd times.”
Physical Postcards will help you to feel good this winter! NHS England states that people who move regularly and stay active have a lower risk of developing many long-term (chronic) conditions, such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, stroke, and some cancers. Research shows that physical activity can also boost self-esteem, mood, sleep quality and energy, as well as reducing your risk of stress, depression, dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.
Cornwall VSF is delighted to adopt the Physical Postcards as part of our ‘Winter Workforce Wellbeing theme this winter, and invites volunteers and staff from the voluntary sector to sign up for Dance Centred’s scheme.