We are so lucky to live in an area with access to so many wonderful resources where we can enjoy being active and connecting with people. We are also grateful that Eastleigh Borough is supporting the health and wellbeing of our local community with lot’s of new initiatives. Here’s just a few free or low cost activities and resources that you may want to look at!
Park Sport is back! This wonderful annual event aims to offer children and young people of 5-16 years a broad range of opportunities to try new sports and active sessions. Activities including skating, tennis, golf, archery and even a Nerf event! These tend to book up quick, so do register to be first to hear when bookings open which is likely to be towards the end of June.
Health & Wellbeing Toolkit – In response to the rising concern for young people’s mental health and wellbeing, the Eastleigh Youth Partnership have developed an online Health and Wellbeing Toolkit.
Packed with videos and content created by local providers, the Toolkit aims to give young people resources they can use to manage their own mental health and general wellbeing including exercise classes, cook-a-long sessions, coping techniques for stress and anxiety and links to local and national support agencies.
Developed in consultation with local schools and young people, the Toolkit can be used in class and at home to support the promotion of activities and ways to maintain good mental and physical health. There are some great resources on there, so it’s well worth a look.
Bike Back Better – Nearly one in three people plan to cycle more now than before the pandemic. Will you? As COVID restrictions ease, lots of people will start returning to offices and other workplaces. Many may continue to work from home for at least part of the week, but Eastleigh Borough Council are encouraging those making the commute to swap four wheels for two, with the Bike Back Better initiative. This scheme provides some great information, tips and resources to help support you to get onto 2 wheels!
Walk & Talk – It is well recognised that regular walks in nature improve mind and body. You can join a socially distanced stroll and a chat with refreshments at Itchen Valley Country Park or Lakeside throughout the summer. Book online (Wellbeing Activities tab).
ParkYoga – Park Yoga aims to connect people to the natural outdoors, through a relaxing, energising and breathtaking yoga session, improving wellbeing and creating a positive ripple effect throughout communities. Sessions are being held throughout the summer every Sunday at 9.30am. Locally, there are classes in Southampton and Winchester. You need to pre-book online.