Man regains mobility thanks to Health and Wellbeing Centre

Cliff Rodda, 71, began attending the Stirlings Close centre ten months ago, it having been recommended by his doctor.

Variety of activities

Now he visits twice a week, taking part in a variety of activities at the county council-run centre, including exercise classes and quizzes.

Mr Rodda said: "I had been ill for about 18 months and had lost my mobility: my doctor suggested that I went to Wantage Health and Wellbeing Centre and I haven't looked back once.

"It's been absolutely brilliant. I feel like the baby of the group, as I'm a young 71, and I get so much out of speaking to others who attend the centre, as well as the yoga class, which has enabled me to exercise and get my mobility back."

Mr Rodda, who lives with his wife Pamela in Partridge Close, Wantage, added: "My health has improved so much, and I put that down to the movement from the yoga classes that I've attended."

Independent lives

Centre Manager Jane Doyle said: "It's amazing to see the benefits are our service and particularly the seated yoga has brought to the Mr Rodda."

Councillor Judith Heathcoat, Oxfordshire County Council's Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care, said: "There are a wealth of activities available at our Health and Wellbeing Centres, which are all set up to help people live as independently as possible by encouraging them to stay healthy and engaged.

"By attending these centres people can interact with each other and make friends too which is so positive and helps with any feelings of isolation or loneliness ."

"It is wonderful to hear how attending Wantage Health and Wellbeing Centre has helped Mr Rodda get his mobility back."

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