The Coronavirus pandemic has had a profound impact on all our lives, but arguably it is the older generation who have been affected the most.
Loneliness and social isolation in older people have been a concern in the community long before the pandemic hit and the BFCitC Extra Time sessions were set up to tackle these issues, having a real positive impact on participants.
Due to lockdown these sessions were postponed and many of our participants were left feeling isolated from friends and family when shielding.
This was particularly the case for BFCitC participant, Susan.
She lives with her husband Steven, who had a stroke several years ago. The affects of this has limited his ability to speak meaning the two have had limited communication.
Once restrictions allowed, Susan was keen to get back to some normality by attending our Mindfulness Workshops run by Lancashire Adult Learning at the Leisure Box.
Mindfulness has many benefits for both a person’s mental and physical wellbeing and these sessions allowed Susan to connect with others once again.
She enjoyed seeing familiar faces, catching up with her fellow participants and learning a number of mindfulness techniques. She plans to continue using the skills she learnt at home. Susan was admittedly hard on herself in particular situations and hopes that these methods will help her find the positives more often than not.
BFCitC Health & Wellbeing Manager, Abby Turner, has seen the benefits the Mindfulness sessions have had on Susan first-hand:
“Prior to lockdown, Susan thoroughly enjoyed attending our Extra Time sessions on a weekly basis, particularly for the social aspects they bring.
“This meant that the lockdown hit Susan quite hard as she couldn’t socialise with friends or family as she usually would.
“I think it was clear to see how much the Mindfulness session really benefitted Susan and her well-being. It was great to see her again with a smile on her face!”
If you or someone you know is over 50 and would benefit from the Extra Time programme, or you’d like further information, please get in touch by emailing A.Turner@burnleyfc.com.