‘I Can’ Therapy Centres
This innovative and bespoke new exercise experience combines the knowledge and expertise of a scientifically informed service with a community based rehabilitation facility for the benefit of those with health conditions and also those looking to mobilise and feel better.
We know that the ‘I Can’ Therapy Centre will enable users to move more and to feel better – physically, mentally and socially.
With a unique support system in place, including a Centre Manager Exercise Physiologist and Exercise Circuit Coordinator and team of volunteer Activity Buddies, users of the ‘I Can’ Therapy Centre will feel encouraged and enabled to move more in a warm, welcoming, safe and supported environment.
The overall aim of the ‘I Can’ Therapy Centre is to enable people to move as well as possible for as long as possible and feel as good as possible.
Innovation in Social Wellbeing
Our new centres provide power assisted exercise for everybody, irrespective of age, mobility, or health.
Power Assisted Exercise
Power assisted exercise offers a positive and accessible exercise option for a broad range of health conditions and for those looking to be more active.
We all know that we should be moving more and research highlights that moving more improves physical function, self-esteem and reduces disease progression and can help slow the rate of disease progression for those with long-term health conditions such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, stroke and arthritis.
The equipment is specifically designed to enable those who are not as active as they would like to be or who may have a long-term health condition or be disabled who need to be more active but who cannot or would not access a regular exercise facility.
Users of this specialist equipment can choose to exercise completely passively with no muscular effort, with minimal muscular effort or to exercise with full effort.
The Equipment We Use
Developed by Valley Leisure Ltd, the ‘I Can’ Therapy Centre offers an 10 to 12 station circuit of power assisted exercise equipment, manufactured in the UK and supplied by Shapemaster.
Power assisted exercise
Stroke recovery and power assisted exercise – Sara Payne MBE
If I Can, You Can Says Media Campaigner Sara Payne MBE
Stroke survivor and child protection campaigner, Sara Payne MBE gave an emotional motivational talk at the I Can Therapy Centre in Ecclesall, Sheffield last week to celebrate the city’s ‘Move More’ initiative.
Ahead of tonight’s prime time documentary ‘Sarah Payne, the Untold Story’ to be aired on ITV at 9pm, Sara spoke movingly about the stroke that nearly killed her almost ten years ago.
Sara commented, “Every stroke survivor should have access to power assisted exercise! Had I been given the opportunity in the early days following my stroke then my rehabilitation journey may have been very different. Sheffield is incredibly lucky to have such an innovative therapy centre and I sincerely hope that Stroke survivors like myself are afforded the opportunity to access this truly innovative facility”.
The innovative therapy centre which launched earlier this year encourages exercise participation in older adults and supports the rehabilitation needs of those living with long term health conditions.
Operated by independent charity, Valley Leisure LTD, the centre boasts eight accessible power assisted exercise machines from West Yorkshire Manufacturer, Shapemaster.
Sara commented, “The facilities offered at the I Can Therapy Centre are absolutely superb and the whole ethos of the team is incredibly inspiring. I wish centres like these were available in every town and city across the country, not just for the physical rehabilitation which in itself is vitally important, but for the social engagement that the team are clearly focussed on delivering”.
Sara Payne MBE is no stranger to the struggles and heartache life can often throw our way. After the murder of her daughter Sarah in 2000, Sara has not only championed and succeeded in changing the law but also served as the UKs first ‘Victims Champion’ in Gordon Brown’s Government.
She was later recognised for her work in social engineering and was awarded the MBE by Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II.