New Cycle Pod Opens in Dungannon
12/05/2014The Southern Cycle for Health programme has recently launched a new cycle pod at Dungannon Leisure Centre.
Southern Cycle for Health has been running in the Southern Trust area for over 5 years and offers free access to cycle training, bicycles and safety equipment to organisations and groups. It is funded by the Public Health Agency (PHA), coordinated by the Southern Health and Social Care Trust and is supported by the various councils who house the cycle pods.
Gerard Rocks, Acting Assistant Director for Promoting Wellbeing, Southern Trust said: “The Trust has been working with the councils and PHA for some years on increasing opportunities for people to be more physically active. Cycling is a great way to get fit and stay well for all ages and we are delighted that this new cycle pod is in place, in such a beautiful location as Dungannon, because it makes it even easier for individuals and families to improve their health and wellbeing whilst enjoying the local environment.”
The programme provides free Cycle Leader training for anyone working or volunteering for a statutory or community group or organisation within the Southern Trust area. Once trained, cycle leaders must commit to delivering at least two cycling for health programmes per year for the public, group, service users or employees.
Cycle for Health leaders currently deliver programmes for a range of people including families, adults with learning disability, young people, adults with a mental health problem, staff from various organisations, older people, people with specific health conditions such as overweight, stroke, depression and many more.
Cycle leaders now have access to a number of bicycles in the following Cycle Pods in the Southern Trust area:
• Loughgall Country Park, Armagh
• Cascades Leisure Centre, Portadown
• Win Business Centre, Newry
• Scarva Tea Rooms, Banbridge
• Dungannon Leisure Centre
Gerry Bleakney, Head of Health and Social Wellbeing Improvement, Public Health Agency said: “Cycling is an enjoyable outdoors activity which is suitable for all ages and abilities and the Public Health Agency is delighted that a fifth cycle pod is now in position in the southern locality. We hope that this will motivate and inspire many people to make greater use of the free cycling resources available in their local community through the Cycling for Health scheme.”
If you wish to find out more about how to access Southern Cycle for health visit www.southerntrust.hscni.net/physicalactivity
Pictured at the launch of the new cycle pod at Dungannon Leisure Centre are cycle leaders with representatives from the Public Health Agency, Southern Health and Social Care Trust and Dungannon and District Council.