iCan Health and Fitness CIC - Active Brew Crew Care Home project

Project Title: Active Brew Crew Care Home project

Funding Received: £7040 (Phase 4: 1 April 2022 - 31 March 2023)

Project Outline:

iCan are facilitating a pilot project to engage and inspire Carlisle residents living in care homes or residential settings to take control and responsibility for their own health and physical activity. It is with sustainability incorporated from the outset that this project has been designed and beneficiaries will be encouraged to keep the sessions going without an instructor after the 4 month pilot period. 

Aim: It will encourage the residents of the care home to use the Active Brew Crew exercise toolkit to form a new friendship group to exercise regularly together and promote regular activity without the need of an instructor long term. This will solve the need of paying for an instructor to keep active, improve their resilience levels and reduce reliance on support services.

Content: The project will include weekly sessions of the ABC workouts in 4 care home settings for 4 months. During this time the group will be guided to take more responsibility for the class receiving support to start leading the class on their own through peer-to-peer support. During the 4 months the iCan facilitator will step further back in their role and allow the group to lead on their own but with the support they may get reassurance form. After the project ends iCan will keep in touch to see how the Active Brew Crew are doing and support if necessary. Participants/staff  will also be encouraged to do more sessions in between the iCan delivered sessions.

Course attendees will be given a complete toolkit to do their exercises including a copy each of the ABC manual, a resistance band, a resistance ball, and copy of the instruction manual. This toolkit has been designed by members of iCan Health and Fitness CIC and iCan’s chair-based exercise qualified teacher.

Update: August 2023

Following the completion of the project ICan have produced both an end of project report as well as creating an infographic. Both can be accessed using the links below: