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ISSUE ELEVEN In association with

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Plymouth’s best climbing centre

CLIMBING AT PLYMOUTH LIFE CENTRE With our new extended opening times and lower prices, why not come and try something new. Visit us online or call for more details. Plymouth Life Centre Mayflower Drive, Plymouth, PL2 3DG

01752 606900 Everyone Active manages this facility in partnership with Plymouth City Council



Editor’s Letter

Mental health issues can’t be ignored Mental health and wellbeing is rarely out of the headlines these days. The appalling statistics regarding men who commit suicide has been the focus of a poignant campaign by ITV called Project 84, representing the number of men who take their own life every single week of the year. They have placed 84 statues of men on the roof of the This Morning Studio and the ITV Tower as part of the male suicide prevention campaign. It is a timely reminder of the whole issue of anxiety and depression and the way it is affecting so many people of all ages in today’s society. In this issue there are a number of articles and features on the subject of mental health and wellbeing - including a report on a conference held in Plymouth at which the chief executive of Public Health England called for a new approach for dealing with mental health issues. We also feature a new initiative called Platform 50, launched by Cindy Willcocks of Arterne CIC which is providing mentoring and coaching support for young women who are struggling to cope with the challenges of life. We also feature the 10th anniversary of ‘It’s A Goal’ - a project run by the Argyle Community Trust using football as a way of helping men with mental health issues. There’s a major editorial on the current Diabetes Prevention campaign and we meet a Devonport man who, through losing weight and becoming more active, is now free of diabetes. Last and by no means least we report on our swimmers and divers who are competing in the Commonwealth Games - as well as featuring details of the 2018 Swimathon - the biggest fundraising swim in the UK. Hope you enjoy the latest issue

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Vivacity meets Head Diving Coach Alexandre Rochas


Devonport couple Matt and Naomi on their weight loss journey

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22-23 Overcome your Fear Of Finding Out - Mark McGovern found out the hard way


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Let’s Ride Plymouth! Walks from the Railway Enjoy the great outdoors of Plymouth Overcome the calorie creep Make the most of your roast Thinking of quitting smoking? Why Mental Health awareness matters It’s A Goal celebrates 10th anniversary Preventing Diabetes

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Everyone Active

Cream of Plymouth’s aquatic crop compete at the Commonwealth Games Divers and swimmers in Plymouth headed to the Gold Coast in Australia in the hope of returning with some gold of their own from the Commonwealth Games.

2017 he won an individual bronze medal at the European Junior Championships in Norway, and now has his sights set on success at the Commonwealth Games. He will become the first Welsh diver to Plymouth Life Centre has produced a compete at a major championship since number of world-class aquatic athletes Robert Morgan almost 20 years ago. in recent years, including the likes of Tom Daley and Tonia Couch. Now, a new Aiden will be joined by coach, Sally generation of divers and swimmers from Freeman, in Australia. The pair have been the centre are getting ready to perform working together for the past four years, on the world stage. during which time Aiden has achieved his top successes. Matthew Dixon and Aiden Heslop wsere selected to represent England and Wales Head coach of Plymouth Diving, respectively at the 2018 Commonwealth Alexandre Rochas, has been training Games. They attended their final training Matthew in the run up to the games. He session at Plymouth Life Centre, managed said: “Matthew and Aiden are the diving by Everyone Active on behalf of Plymouth elites of tomorrow. They are already City Council on March 22, before jetting inspiring the next generation of divers in off to Australia in hope of finding success Plymouth, and have worked really hard to at the Games. qualify for the Games. At the age of just 18, Matthew Dixon is already an experienced Commonwealth competitor, having previously contended at the 2014 event in Glasgow. He has made a strong start to the year, reclaiming his 10m platform title at the British Championships in January by setting a new personal best. Sixteen-year-old Aiden Heslop began his career as a cliff diver, and still participates in the sport alongside the 3m and 10m platform event. In June


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are also based at the Life Centre, have an unprecedented amount of swimmers heading to this year’s Games. Tom Fannon, Laura Stephens and Jessica Jackson were all selected to represent England. They were joined by fellow club members who have been selected to represent their nations, including Erico Cuna and Denilson Da Costa, who will compete for Mozambique, Antiguans Stefano Mitchell and Makaela Hollowchack, Katie Kyle and JeanLuc Zephir from Saint Lucia and Issa Mohammed who will be swimming for Kenya.

Leander’s head coach, Robin Armayan, said: “The Commonwealth Games will be a great stepping stone for our athletes, and is an important part of the journey for them to be exposed to other world-class competitors. The learning “This experience will undoubtedly be very experience will be crucial for their longformative and I can’t wait to see what term development and I’m sure they will they can accomplish.” come back as better athletes, physically but also psychologically. Plymouth Leander Swimming Club, who “It is truly amazing to see so many swimmers and divers training at the Life Centre in Plymouth. The success of swimmers there is definitely the outcome of a great partnership between the clubs, Plymouth College, Everyone Active and Plymouth City Council. I wish them all the best, we’re all very proud of them already.” Find out more



New head coach has high hopes for Plymouth divers

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Matthew Dixon in action

When it was announced that Andy Banks was leaving Plymouth after many years as head Coach of Plymouth Diving both British Diving and Everyone Active, who run Plymouth Life Centre, were faced with the challenge of recruiting a new head coach to fill the vacancy.

Alexandre Rochas, head diving coach

The international diving community isn’t huge, with many of the top coaches meeting each other at World Championships and Olympic Games. A world-wide search was launched, which lead to the recruitment of Alexandre Rochas, the head coach of the French national Diving Squad, who moved to Plymouth to take up the role of head coach in November last year. The appointment of an internationally renowned coach, who has coached at the Olympic Games will keep Plymouth Diving at the forefront of the sport in the UK. Alex has settled in Plymouth and is now working with the coaches to develop divers from beginners to elite level. Alex coaches the ‘top squad’ of the very best divers, who train at the Life Centre twice a day.

AR: I have adapted very well to life in Plymouth, it’s been almost six months now since I left Paris. Time flies! VC: How do the facilities in Plymouth compare to those you’ve seen around the world? AR: There is everything at the Life Centre needed to build high performance. The venue and equipment are good. It helps me and the divers a lot every day!

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AR: I always try to take advantage of the highlights to learn about myself. The highlights are for me, moments with strong emotions! Of happiness but also of disappointment which is when you learn! I will always keep in my mind my first participation as a coach with the junior national teams, then with senior teams, European titles, Olympic qualification. In short, the satisfaction of having built something. VC: Plymouth is a city which really loves diving, how have you found the level of interest since you’ve been living here? • Continued on next page... VivaCity | Apr/May 2018


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• Continued from previous page... AB: The talent centre is full of divers. At the head of talent divers. Matthew Dixon and Aiden Heslop are participating in the Commonwealth Games and 10 Plymouth divers will participate at the next National Junior Championships. The Plymouth counter is not just the results. It is also a place where we share together the passion of diving, divers and all the technical staff. I am very happy to be part of this program. VC: Matthew Dixon recently won the Men’s 10m Platform at the British Championships, securing a spot at the Commonwealth Games, what are your hopes and aims for Matthew in 2018? AR: Matthew dived really well at the British Championships to win the gold. He has worked hard to show his best diving for the Games. This experience will undoubtedly be very formative and I can’t wait to see what he can accomplish. VC: Matthew isn’t the only Plymouth based diver taking part in the Commonwealth Games, who else from Plymouth has qualified?


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AB: Aiden Heslop is competing at the games too for Wales. He a very talented diver. In June 2017 he won an individual bronze medal at the European Junior Championships in Norway. He will become the first Welsh diver to compete at a major championship since Robert Morgan almost 20 years ago.

is a character filled with energy! She is a great resource for all the coaches at the centre. Since she began with us, she coaches at all levels to observe all facets of the profession. Tonia is using all her diving experience to work with me on our Talent ID programme to identify and develop the divers of tomorrow.

VC: Tell us about your plans for finding the next generation of Plymouth Divers.

VC: Plymouth Life Centre is a British Diving Talent Development Centre, what does this mean?

AR: The Life Centre welcomes more than 3,000 children from Plymouth schools for their school swimming lessons. This is a great opportunity for us to find the rare pearl! We take advantage of this moment to screen every child for diving potential. If the children show potential they are offered a place on our programme. The best of them will quickly climb the ladder and maybe one day will represent the club or the country in the different competitions. VC: Tonia Couch has recently retired and is now working with you as a coach. How have you been working with Tonia, and what is she doing now? AR: Tonia began her coaching at the Life Centre at the same time as me! Tonia has a huge diving experience and she

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AR: It’s a quality label. British diving helps us by providing human and financial resources to build projects to train divers. Also, this means that we have the support of British diving to welcome divers from the national teams in our center. VC: Plymouth has always produced great divers, who are the next potential stars we should look out for in future? AR: Plymouth Diving is a place known for discovering talented divers. Among the 10 divers who will participate in the Junior Nationals soon are some strong potentials! I cannot wait to see the results, the people who will be on the podium and qualified in the national teams!




Take the plunge and join the Swimathon Swimathon, the world’s biggest fundraising swim, has been encouraging swimmers the length and breadth of the UK to swim a distance challenge since the very first event 31 years ago. Since then, Swimathon’s mission of uniting swimmers around challenges and fundraising has prompted more than half a million swimmers to take part at their local pool and raised more than £48 million for charitable causes. A challenge for everyone. A swim for all – Enter Swimathon 2018 and join Cancer Research UK and Marie Curie to raise as much money as possible for two causes close to the nation’s hearts. Swimathon will be returning for 2018 and will take place from Friday, April 27 – Sunday, April 29. This is your swim – from 400m to 5k, there is a Swimathon challenge for you!

from 3pm to 6pm and April 29 from 8am to 11am); Meadowlands Leisure Centre, Tavistock (April 27 7am to 11am and April 29 from 9am to 12 noon). Originally devised as a swimmer recruitment and retention programme for local authority facilities, Swimathon is at the heart of many swimming pools’ annual promotion and marketing campaigns. More than 45% of Swimathon participants increase their training in preparation for the event, leading to increased visits for pools as well as a boost to the health and fitness of the

swimmers taking part. The story of Swimathon began in 1986 as an initiative of pool managers in London. Aiming to replicate the success of the London Marathon, the pilot event strove to encourage Londoners to take up regular exercise and inspire swimmers to use their local swimming pools to train for the challenge of 5,000 metres. In 1988, Swimathon took the nationwide form for which it is now known. For details and registration visit

The 400m challenge is new for 2018 and is designed for people who have not swum for a while and covers 16 laps of a 25 metre pool. Local pools involved are Plymouth Life Centre (April 28 from 5.30pm to 8.30pm and April 29 from 2pm to 5pm), Plympton Swimming Pool (April 29 from 9am to 1pm), Saltash Leisure Centre( April 28 Promoting a healthy lifestyle and improved wellbeing...

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Breeze Cycling

Let’s Ride Plymouth! Cycling champions left to right Sue Apps, Sue Jennings, Helen Marks, Allison Gliddon, Valerie Jordan, Niki Head Riding as part of a group is a great way to get active in the great outdoors and British Cycling has come up with a programme designed to get women doing just that.

When Sue retired at the age of 64 she took the opportunity to get back on her bike. One day, on one of her trips up the Plymbridge Trail she saw an advert to become a volunteer Ride Leader and decided that this would give her Breeze was created in 2011 to encourage something to do. women to get fit and have fun on their bikes. So far it has attracted over 130,000 She wasn’t wrong, and since then has led riders. The initiative gives women the almost 250 rides, helping others to keep chance to either discover or re-discover active and boosting her own health and a love of cycling by taking part in local, wellbeing whilst doing so. sociable and fun guided rides, all led by women for women. Sue said: “My own level of cycling has improved tremendously and I have been The rides are led by volunteer Breeze doing cycle touring holidays. The people ‘champions’ who organise fun, social bike who regularly come on my rides have rides in their local area for women to take part gained confidence in their cycling and in. Breeze offers free, year-round women- some ride to work whilst others take part only led social rides run by volunteers, in cycling events and holidays.” aimed at a range of abilities from beginner upwards, with a focus on enjoyment. Her passion to get women back on their bikes is infectious and at the age of 71, Whether you’re a lapsed cyclist, you want Sue proves that age really is no barrier, to improve your on-bike confidence, still regularly leading two rides each week. increase your miles, take on a challenge, or just have a laugh with other like-minded Sue has become a real advocate for people in your area, there’s sure to be a women’s cycling in the city, working as a ride for you. Sustrans volunteer ranger and as co-chair of the Plymouth Cycling Campaign. Luckily Sue Jennings, is one of the local Breeze for Sue, she doesn’t work alone; there is a Champions in Plymouth and leads a number whole army of Breeze Champions who put of free rides for women every week. on free rides almost every day of the week,


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so there really is something for everyone! In April the Breeze Champions relaunched the popular ride for beginners up the Plymbridge Trail. This ride is specifically aimed at beginners and improvers to give them the confidence to get back on their bikes. The new rides started on April 3 at Plymbridge Woods carpark and will continue every Tuesday evening at 6.15pm. If you would like to give it a go but don’t have a bike, the Breeze Champions have that covered too, bike hire and helmets costs just £3. The Active Mums bike rides will also be returning in partnership with Plymouth Bike Hire at Coypool Park & Ride. This gives mums the opportunity to get out and about with their babies and toddlers (six months to five years) with bikes, trailers, baby seats and helmets all provided for a small fee. Booking is essential and details of all rides can be found on www. . If you would like more information please contact Plymouth City Councils Sports Development Unit on or call 01752 307008. @VivaCityPlymouth


Walks from the Railway

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Walks from the Railway

Walkers can now explore the best of the local area with self-guided walks from the railway. Take a scenic train trip from Plymouth on the Tamar Valley Line and then alight at Gunnislake Station, follow a three mile route and then catch a train home from Calstock. Another walk involves catching the train from Plymouth and alighting at Calstock Station to embark on a 2.5 mile circular riverside walk leading the National Trust estate at Cotehele. Tamar Valley Line trains can be caught at Plymouth, Devonport, Keyham, Dockyard and St Budeaux Victoria Road.

The other stations on the line are Bere Ferrers, Bere Alston, Calstock and Gunnislake. Information on the walks can be found at uploads/2016/04/Calstock-station-toCotehele-House.pdf and uploads/2016/04/Gunnislake-station-toCalstock.pdf Information about the train line is at

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Naturally healthy way t the great outdoors in Pl Natural Plymouth

It’s a well-known fact that nature has a really positive impact on our health and wellbeing – getting outdoors keeps us physically active, provides us with breathing space and offers us a place to explore, meet friends and play.

(PCC), Devon Wildlife Trust (DWT) and Public Health’s Thrive Plymouth network and funded by the Big Lottery Fund’s • Reaching Communities programme over three years - and we also work with a range • of local groups and providers to deliver Active Neighbourhoods on the ground.

And of course, green and blue spaces are vital habitats for our wildlife to live in Ways that Active Neighbourhoods work and thrive. with local communities: • family, youth services, children’s centres and school programmes in More than one third of Plymouth is local nature reserves greenspace and it’s surrounded by blue space on its coast, with rivers and streams • volunteer and citizen science programmes to help care for nature running through it. • support work places to feel confident in using the outdoors, such as This unique green and blue city has the teachers and children’s workers potential to deliver many health and wellbeing benefits for the people of • collect evidence on how Active Neighbourhoods’ activities improve Plymouth, as well as providing special community health and wellbeing spaces for nature. In Plymouth, Active Neighbourhoods aims The Active Neighbourhoods team improve to get more people being more active the quality of spaces by: and feeling better by using and improving • working with local residents, groups and organisations to identify their local nature reserves. and decide priorities for any improvements Active Neighbourhoods is a partnership project between Plymouth City Council • improving infrastructure such as


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providing accessible paths, gates, signage, and a better welcome creating and protecting more wildlife rich spaces gathering data on greenspaces such as numbers of visitors, how spaces function in the community and wildlife surveys

Never overlook the importance of good paths and a welcoming entrance to encourage people to explore spaces – and much of this work is done by passionate and committed volunteers. One of the paths recently improved is the stunning headland path at Ernesettle Creek. This has made a real difference in opening up access to site. Matt, an Ernesettle resident who now walks the path every day, following access improvements to Ernesettle Creek’s headland path said: “This is the first time I have been able to walk around the headland for years. I recently had a stroke and this new path means that I can get out and do some walking to improve my health.”



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The team are always looking for different hooks to get people outdoors and connecting with nature. For example… What’s digital technology got to do with nature? Tapping into the latest technology craze, such as Pokemon Go drew lots of young people and families to explore their local beaches and woods with us, as well as spending time with each other! Last year Active Neighbourhoods ran a series of Pokemon safaris in the city’s key nature reserves, including using 12 wristband fitness trackers for participants to calculate their steps and calories burnt. This proved a great way to have health based conversations and motivate people to get more active in their local green space. If you’d like to know more – find out about our activities, events and volunteer through their Facebook ActiveNeighbourhoodsProject or email

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400-400-600 campaign

400-400-600 campaign helps to overcome ‘calorie creep’

With adults consuming on average 200 to 300 more calories than they need each day and around a quarter of daily calorie intake coming from eating out, a new ‘One You’ campaign has been launched to help people tackle the ‘calorie creep’.

average 200 to 300 more calories than they need each day. Over time, these extra calories build up and can cause unhealthy weight gain.

It is estimated that over two out of three adults in Plymouth are overweight or obese and the new campaign is encouraging people to make healthier choices when buying food on the move.

Excess calories are contributing to the country’s growing obesity problem, causing a range of health issues including heart disease, Type 2 diabetes and some cancers. As well as setting people up for a lifetime of ill health, treating obesity is costing the NHS around £6bn per year.

Major high street food retailers have joined with Public Health England to support the campaign, which provides adults with a simple tip to help them make healthier choices while out and about – aim for 400600-600.

The new campaign aims to help people be more aware of the calories they consume on the go and to make healthier choices easier, whether picking up breakfast on the way to work, having lunch at their desks or buying everyday meals.

That’s around 400 calories for breakfast, 600 for lunch and 600 for dinner, plus a couple of healthier snacks and drinks in-between.

For most people, grabbing lunch is the norm – but consuming too many calories is easier than people may think. Something as common as a meal deal of a sandwich, a sugary soft drink and a packet of crisps can contain around 800 calories.

The tip will help adults reduce excess calorie consumption and stay within their recommended daily intake - 2,000 for women and 2,500 for men each day. This comes as adults are consuming on


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Major retailers – including Greggs, McDonalds, Starbucks and Subway - are providing a range of options to help

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shoppers find 400 and 600 calorie meals. This will make healthier choices easier for their millions of customers across the UK. Dr Alison Tedstone, chief nutritionist at Public Health England, said: “It’s clear that excess calories are driving weight gain for many. Busy lives and too much food mean we’re often eating more food than we realise – especially when we’re grabbing food out and about. This can have a significant impact on our waistlines and our health. “The 400-600-600 tip can help people make healthier choices when eating and drinking on the go. It’s encouraging to see major high street companies promoting lower calorie options and we hope more will follow suit.” Adults will be signposted to 400 and 600 calorie meal options by partners through advertising, in-store promotion, social media and other online channels. All meals are below maximum recommendations for sugar, saturated fat, salt and calories to help people choose healthier options at-a-glance.




Make the most of your roast Everyone thinks a roast takes a lot of effort - but this recipe proves how simple it can be. Why not make it at the weekend and invite friends and family round to enjoy your efforts? This easy and delicious Sunday Roast recipe provides a healthy twist on a classic meal. This meal serves six, takes 20 minutes to prepare, 90 minutes cooking time and is just 525 calories per serving.

Ingredients: 1 whole chicken (2kg) 1200g peeled and quartered potatoes 1 tbsp of vegetable oil 4 sliced carrots 2 sliced leeks Half a savoy cabbage 150g frozen peas 4 tsp reduced salt gravy granule

Method 1. Preheat the oven to 190°C, fan 170°C, gas mark 5.

- the juices should run clear. Transfer to a carving board and cover with foil, allowing the chicken to rest for 10 minutes before carving.

2. Put the chicken into a large roasting tin and roast in the centre of the oven for 1 ½ hours.

6. Make the gravy according to pack instructions.

3. Put the potatoes into a separate roasting tin and add the oil. Toss to coat, then roast on the oven shelf above the chicken for 1 hour, turning after 30 minutes. 4. Start to cook the vegetables when the chicken is almost done. The carrots will take 10-15 minutes. The leeks, cabbage and peas will take 5-8 minutes when cooked together in a covered saucepan with a small amount of boiling water. 5. Check that the chicken is completely cooked by piercing the thickest part of the leg with a sharp knife or skewer

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7. Serve 150g chicken per portion, without skin. Serve with the roast potatoes, vegetables and gravy

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• To add extra flavour, stuff the cavity of the chicken with half an onion, half a lemon or a few garlic cloves. • Serve plenty of vegetables, as they’re low in calories and fat, though avoid adding butter or salt. • Use the leftover chicken in the fast chicken noodle soup recipe, available on the One You Easy Meals app. VivaCity | Apr/May 2018



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Thinking of quitting?

Quit Smoking

Now is the right time to quit. Every cigarette causes you real harm and quitting smoking is healthier for you and your family. More than 80% of smoke is invisible and odourless. Protect your family by quitting.

likely to quit for good with support. Your first appointment will last for 30 minutes. At this appointment the advisor will ask you about any quit attempts you may have had in the past and look at your current smoking habit.

Why quit? Steps to quitting success Smoking damages your body in many ways. From the day-to-day effects on your heart and your breathing, to longerterm smoking-related diseases such as heart disease, cancer and stroke. Your smoke can harm your family’s health, too. No matter how long you’ve smoked for, quitting can help improve your health straight away. How much you could save With a packet of cigarettes costing an average of £9, the savings in a year would be nearly £3,300 for someone who smokes 20 a day. How can One You Plymouth help? One You Plymouth Stop Smoking Advisors can support you throughout your quit attempt and will see you until you feel completely confident to remain smoke free. You are four times more

1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

Set a quit date Build on your motivation Develop coping mechanisms Agree on suitable medications Have your carbon monoxide levels measured 6. Receive specialist ongoing support You will also be asked to do a simple breath test to look at carbon monoxide levels in your breath. This helps to determine your dependency levels and the amount and type of medication you might need. Varenicline and Nicotine Replacement Therapy are all available on prescription and these medications will be discussed with you on your first appointment. If you would like to be seen with another family member or friend this can be arranged.

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One You Clinics One-to-one appointments are available at the following: Monday 1pm - 4pm: Jan Cutting Healthy Living Centre Tuesday 1.30pm - 4pm: Efford Library Wednesday 9.30am - 11.30am: Plymstock Clinic 5pm - 8pm: Cumberland Centre Thursday 9am - 11am: LARK Sure Start Shop 9am - 12.15pm Ernest English House 1.30pm - 4.30pm Southway Library Friday 9.30am -12.15pm Ernest English House Saturday 9.30am - 3.30pm: Cumberland Centre For more information please call 01752 437177 VivaCity | Apr/May 2018



Why so many people in Plymouth have FOFO -

Fear Of Finding Out Statistics have revealed that nearly two-thirds of Brits would put off going to the doctor, because they are scared that they will receive bad news, according to new research around the psychological health phenomenon that experts are calling the ‘Fear of Finding Out’ (FOFO).

news how over-stretched our GPs and NHS are, and so I didn’t want to bother them with my little symptoms.

The survey of 2,400 adults revealed 61 per cent would consider delaying a GP appointment for fear of being told they have a serious illness; while over half (57 per cent) would hold off seeking medical attention because they are worried about how a diagnosis could affect their family.

After sitting on his “little” symptoms for five years, Mark’s health took a dramatic

“I am a typical bloke – as long as I can get up and go to work there’s no point bothering the doctor, well that was my attitude then anyway.”

It was only then, during Mark’s stay in hospital, that doctors identified he had been living with type 2 diabetes for years, and that the underlying condition was likely the cause of his stroke.

Mark McGovern, 46, foreman at a turf company, from Devon, ignored worrying health symptoms for years, with devastating consequences.

According to the Stroke Association’s recent State of the Nation report released earlier this year, if not properly managed, type 2 diabetes almost doubles the risk of stroke within the first five years of onset.

Back in 2011, Mark, father-of-three, started to experience increased urination, excessive thirst, pins and needles, and tiredness; but describing himself as a provider for his family, he explained he was reluctant to see a doctor in case it resulted in time off work.

Mark recalls: “The doctor went on to tell that me this was the main cause of my stroke. It had gone undiagnosed for too long and if I had gone to my GP earlier, then the stroke would not have happened; and now that a stroke has happened, it makes it more likely for me to have more.

Mark said: “I always thought the symptoms had just been a sign of getting older, and never saw them as being anything serious enough to bother a doctor with.

“Knowing what I know now, if I had gone to my GP earlier, I would have

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A stroke is a serious and life-threatening medical condition that occurs when the blood supply to part of the brain is cut off, and is most common in older people over 70. It was therefore a frightening and confusing time for Mark, who was only 45 at the time. “From the moment I was put in the ambulance I was scared. I actually thought I was dying. When I got to hospital I was rushed in and there were people all around hooking me up to monitors, putting cannulas in, and asking me questions – it was really frightening,” Mark remembers.

The news coincides with the launch of a new gamified quiz, “Crush Your FOFO”, which can be played online to help experts and the public better understand the Fear of Finding Out, and empower individuals to seek medical attention when needed.


turn for the worse in 2016, when he suffered a transient ischaemic attack (commonly known as a mini-stroke), quickly followed by a full stroke.

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got the help I needed which could have avoided the stroke. I also wouldn’t have had so much time off work which put me into financial difficultly, a problem that still affects me now. “I am on daily medication which I will now be on for the rest of my life. “It’s all really impacted on my work as I find it hard to do the same as what I used to due to a lack of energy. I have to be extra careful I don’t cut myself because I am now on blood thinners. My employer is concerned about me being on jobs on my own, which could mean a wage reduction which I cannot afford. Basically I am not the man I used to be.

“It’s important to be more health conscious throughout middle age, especially if you have a family and the sooner you can identify a problem the sooner you can get treatment, or it could be irreversible.

To take the test and find out if you have “And to men like me, you can still be a the Fear of Finding Out, please visit “man’s man” and look after your health – on mobile or on your desktop. it is not a sign of weakness.”

FOFO in the South West

“All this because I didn’t go to the doctor in the first place. That’s a lot to sacrifice for ignoring symptoms. “My advice to anyone who notices anything different to normal health, no matter how small, get it checked. You can ask your GP, talk to your pharmacist or ring 111 for advice. Or speak to family and friends if you are scared, just do whatever you can to not ignore it.

The research was commissioned by AbbVie, as part of their Live:Lab project, in line with the launch of their new gamified quiz ‘Crush your FOFO’, which Mark wholeheartedly supports.

63% of people admit they would consider delaying making a GP appointment for fear of being told they have a serious illness 
 36% would consider putting off making a doctor’s appointment because they are worried they will be pressured into making lifestyle changes 
 11% believe that delaying

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seeing a doctor about a health concern would have no implications, with their condition staying the same, and being just as treatable when they finally seek medical help 
 Only 19% believe they could be a burden to the NHS if they didn’t get a worrying symptom checked out

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Mental Health

“You don’t get good health without good mental health” One of England’s top health officials has told a conference in Plymouth that there needs to be a dramatic shift in the way mental health is treated. Duncan Selbie, the chief executive of Public Health England said: “You don’t get good health without good mental health. It’s bonkers from an economic point of view that it is not seen in this way. “Millions of working days are lost each year because of depression and other mental health issues, costing the economy billions of pounds in lost productivity.” He said that the keys to good health and wellbeing were about people having a job, a roof over their heads and a close circle of family and friends. Much more needed to be done to address the poverty gap issues which often led people into a spiral of mental health issues. He City


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programme of health improvements called Thrive, particularly its focus on mental health and wellbeing. Mr Selbie chose Plymouth for the regional launch of the Government’s new Prevention Concordat for Better Mental Health. The launch event took place at the Jury’s Inn, Plymouth and was hosted by Plymouth City Council’s Public Health team. The event was also supported by the national Centre For Mental Health. The aim of the Prevention Concordat for Better Mental Health is to encourage local and national action around preventing mental health problems and promoting good mental health.

Duncan Selbie

Speakers at the event included Andy Bell from the Centre for Mental Health, Lily Makurah and Cam Lugton from Public Health England, and Sarah Lees from Plymouth City Council. Mr Selbie said: “I’m delighted so many local Find out more

authorities, like Plymouth City Council, are using the prevention concordat, working across a wide range of sectors to improve the mental health and wellbeing of their populations.” Councillor Lynda Bowyer, Cabinet Member for Health and Adult Social Care for Plymouth City Council, said: “Improving the mental health and wellbeing of our citizens is a top priority for Plymouth City Council, so I am delighted that Plymouth has been chosen for this regional event to promote the Concordat. “Mental wellbeing is the focus of year four of the Council’s Thrive Plymouth initiative, which is a ten year programme to improve health and reduce health inequalities in the city. “We are working with schools, businesses and other partners to promote the five ways to wellbeing. “As public health lead for the city we also commission a range of health and wellbeing services for residents, working with our partners in the health and voluntary sector. @VivaCityPlymouth


“In addition, we recently signed the Time To Change pledge to promote mental health and wellbeing to our staff‚ we have submitted an action plan which includes awareness training for managers and staff, improving our HR policies and guidance, and working to promote open and honest conversations at work with the support of our own Wellbeing Champions.”

Mental Health

It’s a Goal celebrates 10th anniversary

Cllr Lynda Bowyer was also recently chosen as the 100th councillor nationally to be a Member Champion for Mental Health as part of the Centre for Mental Health’s Mental Health Challenge. Andy Bell, deputy chief executive of Centre for Mental Health, said: “More than 100 local councils across England have now shown their commitment to better mental health by appointing a member champion and signing up to the Mental Health Challenge. “We were delighted last month that Plymouth became the 100th council to join us. We hope that all local authorities will become a part of this movement and provide the leadership to enable the promise of the Prevention Concordat for Better Mental Health to be realised in communities across the country.” The event aimed to: • Build energy and support for change among key organisations with a role in supporting better public mental health outcomes • Foster peer-to-peer learning between organisations across a geographical area, and build a sense of ‘team’ within areas • Increase awareness of the range of tools and products available for local areas to draw upon • Inform PHE’s approach to evaluation of the Prevention Concordat programme. More information on the Prevention Mental Health Concordat is available at prevention-concordat-for-better-mentalhealth More information can be found on Thrive Plymouth at www.plymouth.

A joint project by Livewell Southwest and Argyle Community Trust to help men tackle mental health conditions through football has celebrated its 10th anniversary. It’s a Goal addresses the problem of depression and other mental health issues in men aged between 16 and 35 – a group traditionally hard to reach by the usual routes. The therapeutic programme uses football analogies in talking therapies and men completing the ‘season’ show significant increases in confidence, self esteem and communication skills with reduced issues associated with violence and aggression, and drugs and alcohol. The programme also led to the launch of a lunchtime football group at the Goals Centre, funded by Livewell Southwest with coaching from Plymouth Argyle staff. To mark the anniversary, Plymouth Argyle chief executive Martyn Starnes presented awards to Rob Jackson, Livewell Southwest mental health nurse who leads the sessions, and Mickey McCloskey, Argyle coach, to mark their success. Argyle’s Health and Disability Officer Josh Grant said: “We are all very proud of the ‘It’s a Goal’ programme and the

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tremendous achievements over the past 10 years. “It is fantastic to have a programme dedicated to people living with difficult conditions and see them flourish in a new environment. I would also like to congratulate Rob Jackson and Mickey McCloskey, who have brilliantly served the programme throughout the past decade.” More than 300 men have benefited from the programme, and Rob Jackson was instrumental in getting it started. He was delighted to receive the commendation and said: “I see real improvements in people’s mental health through this programme. It balances physical health benefits with mental health therapy and encourages people to talk. There’s real peer support in the sessions and the games, and it’s great that some of the men who have been through the course are now volunteers with us.” Argyle Community Trust is delighted to announce first-team manager at Home Park, Derek Adams, has now become the official Ambassador for our Ability Counts programme. For more information on It’s a Goal, please contact community@pafc. or Sarah Hyde at Livewell Southwest

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Couple lose over nine stones between them - and Matt is now free of diabetes Slimming World

A Devonport couple are celebrating a double success - thanks to Slimming World.

Matt Opie and his wife Naomi have lost over nine stones between them equivalent to more than 60 bags of sugar. And even more importantly, Matt who had suffered with Type 2 diabetes for a number of years - is now completely free of diabetes. Matt said: “I was taking eight tablets a day to try and control the diabetes, but

since joining the Slimming World class at the Welcome Hall in Devonport, I am no longer diabetic and don’t need medication.”

Matt was persuaded to join Slimming World at the end of summer last year by his wife Naomi, who weighed 18 stones at the time. Matt’s weight at the time was 15 stones 11lbs. “Our eating habits were not the best and I was getting out of breath quite a lot because of my weight and lack of fitness,” said Matt.

set myself the target of achieving that by the time we were due to go on a family holiday at Easter - and I managed to do it. “Joining Slimming World is the best thing I have ever done, with the help and support of the group and Kelly Forbes, our consultant, it has changed our lives completely. “I feel so much fitter and healthy. We walk everywhere now - and I don’t get out of breath anymore,” added Matt. “It’s been an amazing experience and

“My initial thought was that Slimming World was not for me and I’m not going to stick at it. But as the weight started coming off and I started to feel better in myself, I noticed I was able to do more, which massively enhanced our family life with our son.” After a few weeks into his journey he found he needed to reduce his medication, until one day he came off it completely. “At first I was apprehensive as the group was predominantly female, but now we have quite a few gents which is great, I’d really love to bust the stigma that slimming is just for women because I’m living proof it’s not.” Matt has now reached his target weight of 12 stones after losing 3st 11lbs. “I had


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transformation. It really has been lifechanging for both of us.” Naomi has lost five and a half stones and is now down to a trim 12 stone 7lbs. “We used to eat lots of takeaways, chocolate and snacks. But now we have a healthy diet with lots of meat, salads and vegetables. It’s not like a diet at all,” she said. Together the couple have lost a combined weight of over nine stones and look forward to attending group every Thursday at 9.30am in the Welcome Hall, Devonport with consultant Kelly Forbes who can be contacted on 07957654445. For information on Slimming World groups visit Promoting a healthy lifestyle and improved wellbeing...

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Diabetes Prevention

Preventing Diabetes A nationwide campaign is being launched to raise awareness of the causes of Type 2 diabetes and the complications associated with it. Type 2 diabetes is increasing – in the last five years alone over half a million people in England have been diagnosed with with the condition. It’s now estimated that over five million people are at a high risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. Type 2 diabetes is linked to lifestyle. It represents a real threat to health; if untreated it can lead to stroke, blindness, heart disease, kidney failure and lower limb amputation.

Prevention Week is taking place between April 16 and April 22.

Even if people are at high risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, It can be prevented through losing weight, eating healthily and being more active.

GPs and health professionals are involved in the Healthier You NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme, offering free health checks to assess a patient’s risk of diabetes and other conditions.

With treatment of diabetes costing £8.8 billion a year - 10 per cent of the whole NHS budget - the Diabetes

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Healthy Diet & Diabetes Healthy eating for people with diabetes is important because it can help: • Maintain blood glucose control and reduce the risk of complications • Reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and the tissue damage associated with high blood glucose levels • Support management of body weight • Maintain quality of life • A healthy diet should include a wide variety of foods, not too many fatty and sugary foods, not too much salt and plenty of fibre-rich foods including fruit and vegetables.

Top tips for healthy eating

Eat five or more portions of fruit and vegetables a day Reduce fat, especially saturated (animal) fat Reduce salt intake - the most effective way of doing this is to cut out as many processed foods as possible Increase intake of Omega 3 oils: try eating at least two servings of oily fish per week Reduce alcohol intake

The benefits of exercise

People who exercise have lower blood pressure, lower heart rates and improved circulation. They also have lower cholesterol and less body fat, as well as higher rates of metabolism and consequently better weight control. They sleep better, have more energy, are less stressed/anxious and tend to be happier and more confident.

Why is exercise important for someone with diabetes?

Unlike medication, exercise is low cost and side-effect free. Those with diabetes who don’t exercise are three times more

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likely to have poor diabetes control and more likely to suffer related complications. Exercising regularly also improves sensitivity to the body’s own insulin and the body becomes better at transporting glucose. This happens because exercise stimulates the body’s muscles. Exercise also reduces the level of fat in the body and it is thought that mobilisation of the body’s fat stores by exercising that might improve blood glucose control. Less glucose in the blood, because it’s now stored in the body’s muscle, means the blood flows better and some of the blood vessel complications associated with diabetes, may be avoided.

Top tips to get started •

Check with your GP or diabetes healthcare provider that your diabetes is presently stable enough to allow you to begin an exercise routine

Start with small bouts of exercise of around 5-10 minutes per day and build up gradually

Find an exercise partner to provide motivation and accountability

Choose something you enjoy, as you are more likely to stick at it

Find out about Healthy Walk schemes or other exercise related events in your area

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Wellheing Hub

First Wellbeing Hub is launched in Plymouth

People in Plymouth will be able to get advice on how to be happier and healthier as part of a new approach to health across the city.

Simon Stevens, chief executive of the NHS chatting to Mark Knowles of the Four Greens Community Trust at the launch of the first Wellbeing Hub

A dozen wellbeing hubs will open across neighbourhoods over the next two years as part of an initiative designed to focus on prevention and make services easier to access in neighbourhoods. The hubs were officially launched at the Jan Cutting Centre in March by Simon Stevens, chief executive of NHS England. The wellbeing hubs are a joint scheme run by Plymouth City Council and the Northern, Eastern and Western Devon Clinical Commissioning Group (NEW Devon CCG). Councillor Lynda Bowyer, Cabinet Member for Health and Adult Social Care, said: “We are changing how we help Plymouth people stay healthy and want to see fewer hospital admissions and more support in the city’s neighbourhoods so that people – from babies to pensioners – can lead longer, happier and healthier lives. “This is about preventing ill health and helping our residents to take better care of themselves and others.” The new scheme has four main aims, which are to improve the health and wellbeing outcomes for local people, reduce inequalities in health and wellbeing, improve people’s experience of care and improve the sustainability of the health and wellbeing system. The hubs are a key part of the city’s One System, One Aim vision which looks to transform care by taking a different approach. From patients to people – the hubs will be designed to engage with people recognising they have strengths and assets and with support can achieve


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outcomes without being viewed as patients who need things doing to them From care settings to places and communities – the hubs will be a place and community based offer and will help to develop communities that care. From what’s the matter with you to what matters to you – the plan is to focus on the assets of individuals and build on that to achieve the things they want to achieve. From illness management to wellness support – the focus is on prevention and wellbeing Dr Nick Roberts, chief officer for both Devon Clinical Commissioning Groups, said; “We all know the pressure our health and social care system is under and we are also aware that people are living longer with more complex conditions. This requires us to think differently about how we provide services that better support people to live as independently as possible. Health and wellbeing hubs will enable us to provide easy access to helpful advice and support.” The Wolseley Trust’s Jan Cutting Healthy Living Centre based in North Prospect, Plymouth is first to be designated in the Find out more

network of wellbeing hubs. The Healthy Living Centre is a neighbourhood-based, community-led approach to health improvement providing services and support in communities experiencing social and health inequalities. The Centre is linked to GP surgeries and can link people with support in the community that can help. These services include: • • • • • • •

Housing, legal benefits, debt support, care advocacy Counselling, befriending and other support groups Employment and volunteering Education, training, learning and digital inclusion Healthy lifestyles and health promotion Social and peer support activities Arts, crafts and therapeutic activities

Sarah Taylor, chief executive of the Wolseley Trust said: “The Trust is delighted to be a partner in this new vision and is looking forward to building on the work of the Healthy Living Centre and continuing our work within our local community and with our partner organisations as part of this city wide approach.”



Platform 50

Vital mentoring support for young women Young women who may be struggling with life’s challenges are being helped by volunteers from an initiative called Platform 50. The coaching and mentoring project is called Platform 50 and was launched by Cindy Willcocks, the founder of Arterne CIC. Platform 50 is supported by a group of volunteers from all walks of life, who meet with young women aged between 16 and 25 to provide support, encouragement and advice. Cindy, who is a qualified mental health nurse said: “There are a lot of young women today who need help and guidance on dealing with life and the choices available to them.

“There are so many pressures on young women today, particularly in areas of self-esteem and self-confidence. We want to help them to reduce the impact of the internal dialogue that we all have which at times can create self doubt and stop us from achieving the things we want to do. Platform 50 can support women through a number of different situations and conversations which enable them to lead a healthy, happy life and make good choices that impact positively on their mental and physical health.

“They may be struggling in school or with a relationship. Or they could be battling with addictions. Our volunteers are just a phone call away if they need a listening ear.”

However, where there is an identified need of a young women who may need specialist help, the information about how to access the right support is provided. Platform 50 also supports the volunteers who are supporting young women by offering coaching, mentoring and training in order to ensure they feel supported.

Cindy said there is no exclusion criteria for accessing Platform 50 and no waiting list, which means women can get immediate support if they need it.

Platform 50 is already supporting a number of young women and needs to raise funds to take the project to

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the next stage. This will include recruiting a project coordinator and an administrator to help support the project develop so that it can reach more women. The feedback from women accessing the project has been very positive and Cindy is keen to ensure that more women can access this support. Cindy added: “Women supporting women is a very powerful dynamic and there are lots of different ways that this can be done. Platform 50 is a simple idea with a powerful impact on the lives of young women.” She said that they would welcome calls from women who could become volunteer mentors and also from young women who needed help. She added that In the future, Platform 50 is also keen to look at how it can grow to make sure that support is also in place for young men. For more information call 07554 665461 or visit

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Man v Weight

Tackling weight issues with a game of football Men in Plymouth can soon tackle their weight issues and enjoy a game of football at the same time. Argyle Community Trust is launching the Man v Weight football initiative on April 24 at the Goals Soccer Centre in Plymouth. The 14-week Weight Loss League is open to men over the age of 18 with a Body Mass Index above 25. Thanks to sponsorship from Subway and the British Heart Foundation the course is free to enter. Players can enter as a team or as individuals and can book via the ‘book courses’ section on the Trust website manvweight. The programme is endorsed by the FA and is based largely on the successful

Man v Fat initiative which is growing in popularity up and down the country.

the team members lose contribute to thew overall result of the fixture.

Argyle Community Trust’s Josh Grant said: “We want to run the league for the rest of the summer and then establish it as part of the national programme.

The Man v Weight League starts on Tuesday, April 24 from 6.30pm to 8.30pm and it is completely free to sign up.

“We want the average guy who needs to lose weight to get off the sofa and come and just enjoy playing football. Men can enter as a team or as an individual.

Josh added: “We hope lots of men will sign up to play small sided football with like-minded people of similar ability to lose weight. The league is aimed at helping teammates to lose weight at a sustainable rate.

“Man v Weight combines football with an easy to follow diet and lifestyle advice from Heart Research UK. The result of the match and the amount of weight that

Men who attend every game week will go into the draw to win a Fitbit Blaze watch.

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Prostate Cancer

Almost half of the men in Plymouth know nothing about prostate cancer A new survey by male cancer charity, Orchid, to coincide with Male Cancer Awareness Week highlighted a worrying lack of awareness among men of prostate cancer, its symptoms and risk factors. Of particular concern is the lack of awareness among those men at potential high risk of developing prostate cancer – men aged over 50, black African and black Caribbean men and men with a family history of prostate cancer. The survey reveals that 46% of men in Plymouth say that they know nothing about prostate cancer whilst 76% say they are not confident in identifying the signs and symptoms of prostate cancer.

at higher risk of developing the disease, UK men aged over 45 are the least knowledgeable when it comes to prostate cancer and 57% of black African and black Caribbean men were not aware that ethnicity affected their risk of developing prostate cancer. In addition, 23% of men with a family history of prostate cancer were not aware that this affects their own risk of developing the disease. Rebecca Porta, chief executive of Orchid, said: “It’s not acceptable that we are seeing 40% of prostate cancer diagnoses in the late stage, and a mortality rate that is unnecessarily high. Too many men are not facing up to prostate cancer and their own individual risk and they are not seeking help and advice earlier enough.”

More worrying, is that despite being

Prostate Cancer Factfile Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men in the UK with nearly 47,000 new cases diagnosed in 2014, taking the lives of 11,280 men. It is estimated that one in eight men will develop prostate cancer at some point in their lives. For the African-Caribbean community the figure is higher, with prostate cancer affecting one in four. The majority of deaths from prostate cancer occur because men present with symptoms too


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late. Currently as many as 23% of all cancer cases in the UK are diagnosed through A&E and these patients are less likely to survive a year than those who present at their GP practice as the disease is often at a more advanced stage. Symptom awareness is recognised as the leading factor in the early diagnosis of prostate cancer and, once diagnosed, it is critical that men are madaware of the symptoms of advancing prostate cancer such as extreme tiredness, bone pain and problems urinating.

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“If we can tackle this from both sides, by getting many more men and GPs to talk about prostate cancer risk, we can help to improve outcomes in the longer term – both for patients and the health service”. In response to the survey results, Orchid has launched a ‘F.A.C.E. up to prostate cancer’ campaign to encourage men to think about and be aware of four key risk factors: Family history  - having a brother or father with prostate cancer may double a man’s risk compared to men with no family history of the disease. Age - the older a man gets the greater the risk, with prostate cancer most commonly affecting men over the age of 50. Change in urinary habits  – changes in urinary habits are not always a sign of prostate cancer but they can be a symptom. Ethnicity  - black African and black Caribbean men are at double the risk of developing prostate cancer than caucasian men and may develop the disease earlier too, most commonly affecting men from this group over 45. Orchid is asking men who are affected by any of these risk factors to consider having a conversation with their GP about prostate cancer and urge anyone who experiences a change in urinary habits and thinks they are at risk to seek medical advice. Further information on prostate cancer is available at uk  or to speak to a specialist male cancer nurse about prostate cancer call the freephone Orchid Male Cancer Helpline on 0808 802 0010. @VivaCityPlymouth


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Thrive Plymouth

Five ways to wellbeing aims to encourage people to share what they do to look after themselves Connect… With the people around you. With family, friends, colleagues and neighbours. At home, work, school or in your local community. Think of these as the cornerstones of your life and invest time in developing them. Building these connections will support and enrich you every day. Keep learning… Try something new. Rediscover an old interest. Sign up for that course. Take on a different responsibility at work. Fix a bike. Learn to play an instrument or how to cook your favourite food. Set a challenge you will enjoy achieving. Learning new things will make you more confident as well as being fun.

Be active… Go for a walk or run.

Thrive Plymouth has established a network of more than 50 organisations which are now involved in improving health and wellbeing in Plymouth.

Step outside. Cycle. Play a game. Garden. Dance. Exercising makes you feel good. Most importantly, discover a physical activity you enjoy and that suits your level of mobility and fitness.

Thrive Plymouth network meetings are held on a regular basis and a Facebook page has been created to provide information on events and activities.

Take notice… Be curious. Catch sight of the beautiful. Remark on the unusual. Notice the changing seasons. Savour the moment, whether you are walking to work, eating lunch or talking to friends. Be aware of the world around you and what you are feeling. Reflecting on your experiences will help you appreciate what matters to you

Following the launch of the Five Ways to Wellbeing campaign, members of the network are being encouraged to promote the principles of CLANG in as many ways as possible. The first phase of activity has focused on the ‘Connect’ aspect of the campaign and this will be followed throughout the year with emphasis on the other elements of CLANG.

Give… Do something nice for a friend, or a stranger. Thank someone. Smile. Volunteer your time. Join a community group. Look out, as well as in. Seeing yourself, and your happiness, linked to the wider community can be incredibly rewarding and creates connections with the people around you.

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There’s lots more to libraries than books! One of the five wellbeing themes for Thrive Plymouth is learning - and what better place to learn than in one of the city’s libraries. There is so much more on offer in Plymouth’s libraries than books. There are a host of activities every week in the city’s 12 libraries for toddlers, children, teenagers, adults and senior citizens. Weekly pop up libraries in Eggbuckland, Ernesettle, Stoke, Tothill and Whitleigh also provide a range of activities and learning opportunities. Since it was relocated in Armada Way, Central Library has seen a dramatic increase in the number of members and users. As part of its service to the community, the Central Library opened on Christmas Day for the first time last year providing a warm welcome to people who needed some company. Dozens of people - including some families turned up - to enjoy mince pies, refreshments and a festive film show. Computers were also available for people who wanted to keep in touch with family or friends. Central Library’s upcoming activities include:

Work Club 10am to 12 noon April 19, 20, 24, 26, 27, May 1, 3, 4, 8, 10, 11 and 15 Get help with searching for jobs, CVs, basic IT skills, interviews and more. Family History Help Desk 2.30pm to 4.30pm April 23, 30, May 14, 21 Drop in for help and advice with tracing your family tree. IT for Beginners 2pm to 3pm and 3.30pm to 4.30pm Apr 20, 27, May 4, 11 and 18 Aimed at beginners, find out what you can do online by signing up to ‘Learn My Way.’ Library staff will be on hand to help. Free Film Show 10.30am to 12.30pm April 21 Their Finest (Cert 12) The 2016 British war comedy drama. Running time 112 minutes. Feel Better with a Book 2pm to 3.30pm April 24, May 1, 8, 15, 22 Enjoy the power of great novels, stories and poems read aloud in a small friendly group.

Memory Cafe 10am to 12 noon April 23, April 30, May 14 and May 21 Drop in for reminiscence, arts and crafts, singing or to see a friendly face and Catch Their Finest on April 21 at Central Library have a cuppa. Promoting a healthy lifestyle and improved wellbeing...

Hello World - coding and making 4pm to 5.30pm April 19, 26 May 3, 10, 17 After school club for anyone interested in coding and digital making. For eight to 13 year olds. VivaCity | Apr/May 2018


Unity Through Sport

United behind a wheelchair

Dedicated volunteers are poised to put Plymouth at the centre of a sporting revolution with the launch of a wheelchair netball initiative - open to all. Unity Through Sport – a non-profit organisation, which raises funds for charity while giving people of all abilities and ages the chance to play sport - is setting up, what it believes, is the only wheelchair netball team currently in existence. What also makes the wheelchair netball initiative unique is the commitment organisers have to making it completely inclusive. Both able bodied and disabled can take part, and once the sessions are up and running, Unity through Sport is looking to secure funding to buy 10 wheelchairs of their own to enable more people to participate. Due to be officially launched in May, the initiative is a collaboration between Troy Woodhouse and Maddy Doyle of Unity Through Sport, Aaron Blyth-Palk, captain of the Plymouth Raiders Wheelchair Basketball Team, Rachel Luscombe of Plymouth District Netball League, with additional support from Karen Jones at Active Devon. Troy Roadhouse, one of the driving forces behind the launch of Unity Through Sport, said that from what the group had been able to ascertain, there is no organised wheelchair netball anywhere in the UK, or even overseas. “This is a real first at the moment as far as we can tell, not just for Plymouth, and we are all extremely excited about the opportunity it will create to give both able bodied and disabled people a chance to play netball,” said Troy. “It has been suggested that wheelchair netball is not feasible because of 14 chairs on court at one time, but we were determined to make it happen. We staged a trial game and with a few tweaks to incorporate the use of wheelchairs within existing netball rules, it was a complete success.” Promoting a healthy lifestyle and improved wellbeing...

The trial game featured players from the Plymouth Raiders Wheelchair Team and members of the Unity Through Basketball organisation, which is where the ‘Unity’ initiative first began. It was originally launched in 2016 by Troy – a fanatical basketball player and devoted Plymouth Raiders fan. “Unity Through Basketball was inspired by a love of the game and finding a way to give people, young and old and from all walks of life a chance to try a sport they might otherwise not be able to access,” said Troy. “I was amazed by the interest the initiative generated and before we knew it, we had Unity Through Netball and a keep fit initiative, Unity Through Fitness. It quickly became apparent that we needed to broaden the appeal and scope of the Unity brand, which is why we have become Unity Through Sport. “The addition of wheelchair sports is the perfect way to reinforce our brand values.” Aaron, of the Plymouth Raiders Wheelchair Team, said: “It’s fantastic to be starting a new sport within Plymouth. It’s another club that will hopefully allow people to engage in sport and to socially interact. The end game, with any luck, is to get more places throughout the UK to start playing wheelchair netball and maybe even start a league in the future”. Rachel Luscombe said: “Wheelchair netball is an open platform for all abilities whether new to sport or wanting to return to the sport post injury. It’s about getting people active, whilst having fun.” Maddy Doyle said that the key word in the initiative is unity. “It is completely inclusive, a chance to realise your sporting ambitions, whether you are able bodied or disabled, young or old and advanced or beginner. A chance to have fun, raise funds – and help each other,” said Maddy. VivaCity | Apr/May 2018


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Twenty super slimming foods Vicki Vokes

amazing when lightly roasted on a baking tray for 5-10 minutes.

As a busy mum of two very active boys of five and six, it’s important to me to make healthy meals. If my boys see me eating healthy, it’s much easier to get them to eat the same thing. Even though we are vegetarians. this isn’t about my choice of diet. I just wanted to share twenty of the top foods I can’t go without in my shopping basket. My hope is that you take at least one thing away from the list below to make your life easier and healthier.

Apples We buy 12 apples at a time when we go shopping. They are another great go to food when you’re out and about. They will also aid weight loss as they help to slow down digestion and suppress hunger. Apples contain antioxidants, vitamin C, and fibre. Avocados These are by far one of my favourites. They contain monounsaturated fats, potassium, magnesium, folate, and vitamins C and E. Try smashed avocado on wholemeal toast with chilli flakes sprinkled on top. Have avocado on toast with a poached egg, avocado salad, or even add

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Bananas We go through so many bananas in this house. We have them cut up in cereals, a quick snack when you’re on the run, sliced on toast with peanut butter, in smoothies, in a fruit bowl with yoghurt and granola sprinkled on top. Oats There’s nothing better in the morning than a bowl of porridge with apple, raisins and cinnamon. My husband tends to make this for our youngest, it’s his favourite. Oats will keep you fuller for longer. Just make sure you don’t ruin it by putting loads of sugar on top. Try honey instead or agave nectar! Broccoli In our house, we tend to roast our broccoli most of the time. It’s easy to wash a load of vegetables, chop them up, put them

Almonds These are great for snacking on and contain good fats. They are also lower in calories than other nuts and taste


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on a baking tray, coat with oil, some herbs and 2030 minutes later it’s done. Cauliflower Look at broccoli above, we roast this too. Or you could have cauliflower rice, just blend. Carrots Yup, roast these bad boys too! Just make sure you chop these a little small so they cook quicker. Peppers Have these roasted. Stir fry with onions and a Mexican spice mix and serve with halloumi cheese and falafel in a wrap, or warm on a bed of salad leaves. Parsnips Roasted parsnips are great with roasted sweet potato, serve with homemade hummus, delicious hot or cold! Sweet Potatoes These are an excellent source of vitamin A (in the form of beta-carotene). They are also a very good source of vitamin C, manganese, copper, pantothenic acid and vitamin B6. Additionally, they are a good source of potassium, dietary fibre, niacin, vitamin B1, vitamin B2 and phosphorus. We have sweet potato mash, chips/wedges. Roast them with your other vegetables if cut small, they will take a little longer if they aren’t cut small. I love dipping these into our homemade hummus. Black Beans These are an extremely affordable source of protein, filling fibre, disease fighting antioxidants, and numerous vitamins and minerals. We have these with homemade Mexican dishes, sprinkled on salads and add to casseroles.

Lentils These are not only a cheap source of protein, but are also fat-free, high in fibre and rich in a number of essential nutrients. Adding lentils to your diet offers a number of health benefits, from helping you control your weight to promoting heart health. Try them in a lentil salad, adding to soups and casseroles Olive oil This oil rich in healthy mono-unsaturated fats and contains large amounts of antioxidants. It has strong antiinflammatory properties, could help prevent strokes and is protective against heart disease. We use olive oil also in our cooking, in salad dressings and in homemade hummus. Coconut oil Coconut oil is high in natural saturated fats that not only increase the healthy cholesterol in your body, but also help convert the ‘bad’ cholesterol into good cholesterol. It helps promote heart health and lower the risk of heart disease. Use coconut oil in smoothies, instead of other oils to cook with, for baking, spread on your toast instead of butter. Also, use on your hands if they are a little dry or on your baby’s head to get rid of cradle cap.

Butternut squash If you cut the butternut squash in half and scoop out the seed, you can roast the whole thing. Then you take off the skin and chop. We have these in a warm salad with other vegetables or even roast an onion and carrots with it, then blitz all the vegetables with some vegetable stock. A soup that tastes delicious and not long to prepare at all.

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Chickpeas We are hooked on chickpeas! They are an excellent source of protein, healthy fats, fibre, carbohydrates, and a long list of vitamins and minerals. We make our own hummus, falafel and even roast them to sprinkle on a salad with some chilli. If you have the time, buy the dried chickpeas because they are so much cheaper, just do a little research on how best to cook chickpeas first (it takes a while). Dates If you are trying to cut down on sugar, these are essential to your diet. They are great to snack on with some cashew nuts and almonds. You can even make protein balls with them, just blitz dates with cashews and make them into balls. Put them in the fridge for a few hours. Or you could cut them open and add some almond butter (delicious). Couscous If you buy plain couscous, you can add your own herbs and spices. Just put in a bowl with turmeric, cumin, mixed herbs, raisins, and a glug of olive oil. Then add boiling water and cover and leave for five minutes. Stir and serve with whatever you like; stir fried vegetables, salad, falafel and salad in a wrap. Couscous is much easier to eat and sweet if you add the raisins, so kids love it! My boys love couscous with Daddy’s homemade coconut curry! Frozen Fruit You can get bags of mixed frozen fruit at any supermarket (my favourite is Tesco, because you can get bags of frozen mango, strawberries and banana, pineapple and mixed berries etc.). We always have these in our freezer to make the boys healthy milkshakes, protein smoothies for us or healthy ice cream. We even add the frozen fruit to overnight oats and porridge. So, that was only 20 of the healthy foods I can’t live without, I could go on and on. As well as a healthy diet, try to get 30 minutes of exercise each day.

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Clubs & Classes

Clubs & Classes

Plymouth Visually Impaired Bowls Club Friendly club, the largest of its type in the South West, plays at the Hoe Bowling Green between April and September and then at the Life Centre for the remaining months of the year. We are keen to encourage new members, whether they be ex players or just looking to try the game. The club includes individuals of various ages and is not linked to any Plymouth leagues, but does play a number of friendly matches throughout the year. For more details phone 01752 849260. Badminton Club Fridays Non League club meets on Friday evenings at Whiteford Road, Plymouth. Opportunities available for new members of any age over 18. We also welcome over fifties. For further details contact Fun Fitness Sessions Various dates In the gym and in the park for children, teenagers, families and pram fitness. Call for more details 07976568477 Fizz Fitness Gym 180 Albert Rd, Plymouth PL2 1AL Mayflower Offshore Rowing Club Various dates We meet on Tuesday and Thursday evenings at 5.30pm and Sunday mornings at 9.30am at Richmond Walk Devonport. We row out to sea, in The Sound and up the Tamar & Plym rivers. Ages from 14 and all abilities welcome. We run learn to row sessions. Contact secretarymorc@ or Jeff Keast 07865 228800. Port of Plymouth Canoe Association Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays May until September. Offering various introductory, taster and child (8-11) sessions throughout the spring and summer. For more information please contact Tracy Jones 01752 510653 email or visit


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Special Olympics Plymouth and District Wednesdays The Special Olympics Plymouth and District meet at YMCA Kitto centre from 6pm to 8pm. £15 membership £2 each week. Plymouth Pisces Swimming Club for All Disabilities Sundays Held at Plymouth Life Centre from 11.15am to 1.15pm. Adults £2.50 per session, children £2 per session. Under 5s free. Annual membership £5. Call Shirley on 07866 655147 Dance Yourself Fit Every Friday morning 10.30 to 11.30 Held at St. Budeaux Community Centre. If you want to get fitter or simply love to dance, come along and join our friendly class. Contact Jackie 01752 950306 Boxing Classes Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays Carl’s boxing stable has opened a new gym in Colebrook training for all ages to compete or just get fit. 7pm to 8pm. Details from Carl on 07837 920150. Keep Fit Classes Wednesdays Jackie Hamlin’s ladies keep fit class Wednesdays 10.15am - 11.15am or 6pm - 7pm at Hyde Park Social Club KFA

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registered, insured, low fees. Contact Jackie on 01752 672685. All proceeds to Alzheimer’s Society. Tennis Club Mannamead Tennis Club, Eggbuckland Rd welcomes new members. 4 hard courts and 2 grass courts. Coaching available. Contact or phone 773652. Community Activities Various dates Evening events at Keyham Community Sports Hall, Drake Primary School, Saltash Road. Monday: Karate classes suitable for children/families and adults. 5pm to 8pm; Tuesday: Keep fit classes. Making exercise fun and easy to do. 6.15pm to 7.15pm; Wednesday: Yoga classes. Beginners/ intermediate - first tester session free. 7pm to 8.30pm. The Community Sports Hall has spaces available for hire, for further information contact Roy Burt Sports Development Coordinator at the school on 01752 567649 Plym Ramblers First and third Sunday in the month A well established walking organisation offering regular walks by experienced leaders all within 20 miles of Plymouth. The group meets every first and third Sunday in the month and also hold



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interesting social events. For details contact the secretary on 344048 or the chairman on 405132. Plym Ramblers have now published their walking book “On the beaten track 3” The 3rd book in a popular series of local walks. Plymouth Cycling Touring Club Sundays Meet for a leisure cycle ride. For our latest rides list and meet time/place see or contact Graham Black 01752 606650 or Andy Prideaux 01752 345170 for more details. Plymouth Marjon Hockey Club Hockey for all ages and abilities from age 5 through to 60+ with weekly coaching and regular matches based at the University of St Mark & St John. Tuesdays & Thursdays 5-6pm age 7-11 boys and girls. Girls age 10+ and senior ladies Tuesday evening. Men’s Club training Wednesday 7.15-9pm. Boys age 10+ and senior men Thursday evening. Sunday mornings  boys and girls aged 5 to 14 years. For more information visit Keep Fit Classes Wednesdays 10.15am - 11.15am and 6pm - 7pm Hyde Park Social Club. KFA registered, insured, low fees. For more details, 01752 672685 Plymouth Striders Running Club Twice weekly Meet at Widewell School, Lulworth Drive, Widewell (behind The George at Roborough). Mondays and Thursdays 6.30pm. Over 16 years and all abilities welcome. For info contact or check out our website

play. For more information, please see the website at or contact Rob on 07861 250682 Tai Chi Beginners Classes Various dates Established in Plymouth since 1995. A friendly group covering all aspects of Tai Chi training for health and well being. Tai Chi is a gentle way to exercise and build strength. For those more keen, it is a complete form of body and mind martial arts system from ancient China suitable for all ages 5 to 95! To get more information, please drop into the class held every Tuesday 6.45pm at Mount Street Primary School, Greenbank, or any other class advertised on For more details, contact 07949 839088 Fitness and Fun Touch Rugby Wednesdays Central Park Rugby Pitches 6.45pm7.45pm OPM Rugby is the official Touch Rugby club for Plymouth. Come along and enjoy a great welcome. No rugby experience required. Have fun, get fit and make new friends. More details phone Ernie on 07809 209571 or ZUMBA for the More Mature Mondays Zumba for over 50’s (low impact). 2pm to 3pm, at Pennycross Methodists Church, Pridham Lane,Peverell. Call in any Monday for a free taster, or call 01752 251614

Plymouth Handball Club Thursdays Between 6pm and 7pm at Plymouth Life Centre. Come and play an Olympic sport. A fun/recreational session for adults 18+. All levels and abilities welcome. Session is £2 (1st session free) Contact Lee 07414677003, Facebook Plymouth Handball Club, email Dartmoor Rambling Club Enjoy the countryside by walking and talking with our club. Membership is only £5 per year. You are welcome to try one or two walks before you join. As well as Dartmoor we walk the countryside and coast. Wednesday walks are usually 8 to 10 miles and by public transport. Walks include to : Cawsand, Dewestone, Tavistock , Bere Ferrers, Whitchurch area. Some weekend walks are care share from George Park and Ride. Walks include; Wembury, Sittaford Tor, Princetown area, Belstone and Taw Marsh. For more information including a programme call Russell, 01752 266608 Plymstock Roadrunners Plymstock Roadrunners are a small running club located in the east of the city. Happy to meet, greet and say hello to anyone who runs or wants to run whether it’s for a social, a health and fitness or a competitive reason. The aim to make running fun and enjoyable for all levels of ability. For more details

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Plymouth Hockey Club Sundays Plymouth Hockey Club is the oldest junior club in the city and has recently achieved the highest award for organisation and safeguarding. The club is operated by parents for all children and young people. The club trains every Sunday between 10am - 1pm at Bull Point ATP. The club cater for young people from 4-16 years and no previous experience is required. The first 6 weeks are free to new members and everyone who trains gets to

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What’s On Plymouth Visually Impaired Bowls Club Friendly club, the largest of its type in the South West, plays at the Hoe Bowling Green between April and September and then at the Life Centre for the remaining months of the year. We are keen to encourage new members, whether they be ex players or just looking to try the game. The club includes individuals of various ages and is not linked to any Plymouth leagues, but does play a number of friendly matches throughout the year. For more details phone 01752 849260. Active Argyle Plymouth Argyle Football Club. Thursdays 4.45pm to 6pm. An open multi-sports session aimed at anyone with a disability or learning difficulty aged 11 years and over. Enjoy a range of sporting activities ranging from football to table tennis. First session free, then £2 per session. No need to book, just turn up. Adult Football Brickfields Sports Centre and Recreation Ground. Fridays 7pm to 8pm. Social football session for adults aged 16 years and over. Contact Plymouth Eagles FC on 07956 038177 for more information.

AUTIswim Plympton Swimming Pool. Sundays 3.15pm to 4.15pm. Swimming session for people on the autistic spectrum and their families. The session has exclusive use of the pool and changing rooms. All sessions are free, no need to book, just turn up. Details 01752 307008. Boccia Plymouth Life Centre. Mondays 11am to 12 noon and Wednesdays 10.30am to 11.30am. Paralympic sport delivered by Boccia Plymouth in partnership with Active for Life. £2. Call 01752 307008.

Body Conditioning Whitleigh Hub. Every Monday 9.30am to 10.30am. Body conditioning class for everyone aged 16 years or over. If you haven’t been exercising for a while or you would just like to try something new, we have a variety of sessions to suit everyone, whatever your age or fitness, these sessions will help you get started. Classes are suitable for all abilities and everyone is welcome. Cost £2 each session. Booking preferred. Call 01752 307008.

Running for beginners People interested in taking up running on a regular basis to help keep more active can take advantage of a number of beginner running groups which are available in the city. Mondays - Plymouth Life Centre 6.15pm Tuesdays - Derriford Health and Leisure 6pm ladies only Wednesdays - Devonport Park ladies only 9.15am ; China House - 6pm; Plymouth Life Centre, ladies only, 6.15pm Fridays - China House 9.30am Saturdays - Plymouth Life Centre ladies only 9.15am For further information contact the Sports Development Unit on 01752 307008 or visit


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Body Toning Whitleigh Community Hub. Tuesdays 5.30pm to 6.30pm. Body toning class suitable for all abilities, aged 16 years and over. £2. Details 01752 307008. Badminton Marine Academy Plymouth. Fridays 6.30pm to 7.30pm. Badminton session suitable for everyone aged 16 years and over. Sessions cost £1 each. Booking preferred. Details 01752 307008. No Strings Badminton Plymouth Life Centre. Thursdays 10am to 11am. Adults only. A fun light hearted session ideal for those who want to play and enjoy the social side of badminton. £3 per session, no booking required. Details 01752 307008. CheeziFit The Beacon Hub. Wednesdays 6pm to 7pm and Fridays 5.45pm to 6.45pm. Exercise to your favourite Cheezy music! Suitable for everyone aged 16 years and over. £1. Details 01752 307008. Circuits Marine Academy Plymouth. Wednesdays 7.30pm to 8.30pm. Circuits class suitable for everyone aged 16 years and over. Sessions £2 each. No need to book, just turn up. Details 01752 307008. Express Circuit Class Jan Cutting Healthy Living Centre. Thursdays 5.45pm to 6.30pm. Ladies only express circuit class, for everyone aged 16 years and over. £6 for six weeks, booking required. Details 01752 307008. Handball Plymouth Life Centre. Thursdays 6pm to 7pm. Handball session for everyone aged 16 years and over. First session is free. No need to book, just turn up. Contact Plymouth Handball Club at • Continued on page 42

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Get walking - it’s good for you! Walking has been described as the perfect exercise and there are plenty of organised walking groups across Plymouth. Plymouth Health Walks are currently provided by Storm Strollers who meet on Wednesdays at 7pm and Rock Up and Walk who meet on Sundays at 3pm and Tuesdays at 9.30am. There are more than a 25 different walks at locations right across the city. The pace for the walks is set by those walking. Walking with health conditions could make all the difference to improved wellbeing. Trained walk leaders will help participants feel more confident about taking those first steps to a more active lifestyle. Details of the weekly walks are as follows:

Storm Strollers

Storm Strollers are a friendly walking group who meet every Wednesday at 6.45pm to start walking at 7pm for approximately one hour. Each week they offer a choice of two, three or four mile circular routes. Storm Strollers also offer a Friday morning walk starting at 10am. For details of Storm Strollers walks call Matt 07939 802942 or Becki 07778 860032 or visit the Storm Strollers Facebook page. Central Park: meet outside Plymouth Argyle next to the Park & Ride car park; Crownhill: meet in the small car park at Crownhill B&Q near Pizza Hut; Devonport Park: meet by the lodge at the Band Stand next to the cafe in the centre of the park; Eggbuckland: meet at the Co-op on Frogmore Avenue; Embankment: meet on Lanhydrock Road by Lucas Terrace/Farringdon Road; George Park & Ride: meet in the car park at the George Park & Ride; Ham Green: meet outside Trelawney Surgery; Hoe: meet outside Valenti’s Cafe on the Promenade (Citadel End); Marsh Mills: meet in the car park at Sainsburys, Marsh Mills, near the large sign at the far end of the car park; Plymbridge Woods: Meet at

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the National Trust car park which is accessed from Plympton past Boringdon Golf Course; Plympton Ridgeway: meet in the Co-op car park; Plymstock: meet in the car park behind the Broadway shops; Saltram: meet at GO Outdoors; Southway: meet at Southway shops on Southway Drive; Tamar Bridge: meet at the Tamar Bridge car park.

Rock Up & Walk

Rock Up & Walk are a dedicated group of people looking to promote a healthier lifestyle. Their aim is to get people walking and socializing while enjoying some fresh air. The walks last approximately one hour and the distance varies but is usually around three miles. For details of all Rock Up & Walk events call Colin on 07787813577 or Debbie on 07906775745. All walks meet at 2.50pm for 3pm start on Sundays and 9.15am for 9.30am start on Sundays. Central Park: meet at the Clock Tower; Coypool: meet the Park & Ride; Crown Hill Fort: meet outside the fort; Devonport: meet by the Lodge entrance on Paradise Road/Fore Street; Efford: meet by the shops on Pike Road; Eggbuckland: meet in the car park behind the Co-op on Frogmore Avenue; Ernesettle: meet on Lakeside Drive; Plymstock: meet in the Broadway car park; Plympton Ridgeway: meet in the car park by the Co-op; Saltram: meet in Sainsbury’s car park for a walk up to Saltram House and around the grounds; Tamar Bridge: meet in the Tamar Bridge car park; Whitleigh: meet at the Co-op on Whitleigh Green.

One of the Rock Up and Walk groups

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What’s On Just Play Football Plymouth Life Centre. Thursdays 7pm to 8pm. Turn up and play football sessions for people aged 16 plus led by Devon FA. Free, booking required. Details 01752 307008. Kettlebells Jan Cutting Healthy Living Centre. Thursdays 5.45pm to 6.30pm. Kettlebells exercise class, suitable for everyone aged 16 years and over. £2 each session. Sessions cost £2 each. No need to book, just turn up. Ladies Only Circuit Class Jan Cutting Healthy Living Centre. Tuesdays 6pm to 7pm and Thursdays 9.30am to 10.30am. Ladies only circuit class, for everyone aged 16 years and over. £6 for six weeks, booking required. Details 01752 307008 Mini Tennis Plymouth Life Centre. Mondays 4pm to 5pm. Fun mini tennis sessions for children aged 4 to 8 years. £1 per session. Call 01752 307008 for more info. Multi-Sport Devon Opportunity Club Plymouth Life Centre. Fridays 10am to 11.30am. A multi-sports session aimed at young people with a disability or learning difficulty aged 11 years and over. Enjoy a range of sporting activities delivered by Sportsway. All sessions free just turn up.

Mummycise Plymouth Life Centre. Wednesdays 9.30am to 10.30am. Exercise class for new mums and their babies. If you haven’t been exercising for a while or you would just like to try something new, there are a variety of sessions to suit everyone, whatever your age or fitness, these sessions will help you get started. Classes are suitable for all abilities and everyone is welcome. Sessions cost £1 each if booked as part of the Active Mums scheme. Details 01752 307008. Netball Brickfields Sports Centre. Tuesdays 7pm to 8pm. If you used to play the game, or want to take it up as an adult, then this is the session for you. It’s great fun with activities to get you back into the game. £6 for six weeks. Details 01752 307008.

Parent and Baby Studio Cycling Plymouth Life Centre. Tuesdays 9.30am to 10.15am and Thursdays 9.30am to 10.15am. Studio cycling class for new mums and their babies. If you haven’t been exercising for a while or you would just like to try something new, we have a variety of sessions to suit everyone, whatever your age or fitness, these sessions will help you get started. Classes are suitable for all abilities and everyone is welcome. Details 01752 307008.

Free tennis

Free tennis coaching lessons are available for families in Devonport Park every Saturday. To take part families register on the Devonport Park tennis website and book their sessions. The family oriented sessions are


suitable for all ages and abilities. They are provided in partnership with In partnership with Tennis Plymouth, Plymouth City Council, the LTA and Tennis For Free Charity.

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Pilates At various venues suitable for all abilities aged 16 and over. Whitleigh Community Hub. Tuesdays 9.30am to 10.30am £2; 31 Admiralty Street. Tuesdays 2pm to 3pm £2; Mills Bakery, Royal William Yard. Tuesdays 6.15pm to 7.15pm £2 booking essential. Details 01752 307008; Marine Academy Plymouth. Wednesdays 6.15pm to 7.15pm £3; Stuart Road Primary School Thursdays 6.30pm to 7.30pm. £2 booking essential; Edgecumbe Court. Class for those aged 60 and over Fridays 11.30am to 12.30pm. £2 booking essential. Call 01752 307008 for details or to book a place. Positive Pilgrims Plymouth Argyle Football Club. Fridays 1.45pm to 3pm. A multi-sports session aimed at men with mental health challenges aged 18 years and over. Enjoy a range of sporting activities ranging from football to table tennis with an opportunity to try something new and encourage new friendships. First session free, then £2 per session. No need to book, just turn up. Post Natal Pilates 31 Admiralty Street. Thursdays 1.30pm to 2.30pm. Pilates class suitable for all new mums. £2 per session. Details 01752 307008. Pride Renegade Cheerleading Plymouth Life Centre. Wednesdays 7.15pm to 9.15pm. Cheerleading session for everyone aged 5 to 15 years. All sessions are free, no need to book, just turn up. Pre-Natal Aqua Fit Plymouth Life Centre. Tuesdays 9.30am to 10.30am. Suitable for all expectant mums. If you haven’t been exercising for a while or you would just like to try

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Top tips from a top runner

Thousands of people will be taking to the streets of Plymouth for Britain’s Ocean City Half Maraton on May 20. Record-breaking Emma Stepto won Britain’s Ocean City Half Marathon last year and to help runners who are taking on their first half marathon or want to improve their running, Emma has come up with some important advice. What is your basic training advice for beginners taking on the Britain’s Ocean City Half Marathon? I would recommend beginners to find a structured plan - there are plenty online, designed for different levels of ability - and progress your mileage very gradually over a number of weeks (as per the plan). Doing too much, too soon, is a recipe for injury. Bodies take weeks and months to adapt to increases in training, so be patient and listen to your body - don’t push on through niggles which affect your running form they will become injuries that stop you! Make sure you complete your long runs at a comfortable pace - concentrate on relaxing and don’t stress about your pace. Most of all, enjoy being out there and being active! Having company will help you get through any tough patches and sharing the accomplishments makes make it more fun.

How important is rest during training? The more intensity you do, the more important rest becomes. If you are not used to running regularly, or are increasing your mileage, you need to let your body rest, to adapt, so that it can cope with the workload over the weeks. Cross training (doing another exercises such as swimming, cycling, yoga) is a good way to loosen up tight running muscles, without stressing them and also avoids further impact. It’s active recovery. But if you are feeling tired and need rest – definitely take it. Treat your body kindly - it’s working hard for you. What do you eat the night before a half marathon? I usually stick to very plain foods - either rice or pasta (and plenty of it!) in a tomato sauce and some simple sugars – so I usually have jelly…. (and Turkish Delight is my pre-race favourite)! But for a half marathon it is very important that you eat well and increase the proportion of carbs in the few days leading up to the race too. You are going to be asking a lot of your body- so make sure it has stored fuel for the job! How important should completing the half marathon in a quick time be for beginners? For beginners, running 13.1 miles at any

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pace is a huge target that can’t be taken lightly and everyone will respect that achievement so much. Setting a realistic target for YOU – taking into account your current fitness and running history – is the most important thing. As long as you know that you went out there and gave it your best on the day and did justice to your hard training - that is the priceless feeling. Any race day advice? Get to the race village in plenty of time, know the course and facilities in advance, and queue early for the loos. The most important aim is to pace your race correctly. Don’t start out sprinting faster than you have ever run in training - you simply won’t keep it up and it will make the last few miles feel dreadful. Stick to the pace you are used to in training and if you feel good at 10 miles, go for it - there are still 3 miles left for you to pick up the pace. Save your mental strength for the last 3 miles - don’t let your time slip now, you have just run 10 miles really well, so dig deep and maintain your determination. Enjoy the finishing line moment - soak up the cheers, they are for you! Good luck to anyone taking part at this years Britain’s Ocean City Half Marathon.

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sessions to suit everyone, whatever your age or fitness, these sessions will help you get started. Details 01752 307008. Pre-Natal Pilates 31 Admiralty Street. Saturdays 9.30am to 10.30am. Pilates class suitable for all new mums. £2 per session. Details 01752 307008. Rounders Derriford Health and Leisure Club. Tuesdays 6.30pm to 7.30pm. Indoor rounders session for everyone aged 16 years and over. Free. Details 01752 307008.

Award for StreetGames team Plymouth City Councils Sports Development Unit has been named the Fundraising for the Future Award winner at this year’s StreetGames National Awards.

Plymouth StreetGames try to provide opportunities attractive to different audiences and some of the sessions available include Football, Dodgeball, Cheerleading and StreetDance.

The team were recognised by the awarding panel for their outstanding achievements in the field of youth and community sports, winning over a number of fantastic competitors in the process.

In addition to these weekly activities, Plymouth StreetGames work with local primary and secondary schools to offer an affordable holiday programmes for children primarily on free school meals has been highly successful and well recognised as a model of good practice.

Sling Swing Plymouth Plymouth Life Centre. Mondays 1pm to StreetGames 2pm. Sling swing class for new mums provide a number and their babies. If you haven’t been of different exercising for a while or you would just opportunities like to try something new, we have a for disadvantaged young people to access sporting and physical variety of sessions to suit everyone, activity within their neighbourhoods. whatever your age or fitness, these sessions will help you get started. Classes are suitable for all abilities and everyone is Football sessions led by Plymouth welcome. Sessions cost £1 each if booked Trophyman FC. Free. Details 01752 307008 as part of the Active Mums scheme. Call 01752 307008 for more information. Underwater Hockey Plymouth Life Centre. Tuesdays 8.30pm Southwest SUP to 9.30pm; Fridays 8.30pm to 9.30pm Stand up paddleboard experiences and Saturdays 5pm to 7pm. A fast game Firestone Arch, Royal William Yard played on the bottom of the swimming Plymouth PL1 3RP Call 07898984497 for information or email info@ pool for everyone aged 16 years and over. Booking essential, please contact Plymouth Octopush Club at john@puhc. Table Tennis for more information including cost Marine Academy Plymouth. Fridays and more activity information. 6.30pm to 7.30pm. Table tennis sessions suitable for everyone aged 16 and over. Water Polo Sessions cost £1 each. Booking preferred. Plymouth Life Centre. Sundays 3pm to Details 01752 307008. 5pm. Water polo sessions for everyone Trophyman Football Brickfields Sports Centre and Recreation Ground. Saturdays 9.30am to 10.30am.


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aged 12 years and over. For more information about attending a session please contact Devonport Royal Swimming Association at Find out more

The Fit and Fed programme enables young people in need the opportunity to socialise, be physically active, learn new skills and receive a hot healthy meal.

Wheelchair Rugby Plymouth Life Centre. Mondays 6pm to 7pm. Wheelchair rugby sessions led by Westcountry Hawks. Free. Call 01752 307008 for more information. Yoga William Sutton Memorial Hall. Tuesdays 1.30pm to 2.30pm and The Beacon Hub. Tuesdays 5.30pm to 7pm. Yoga class suitable for all abilities, aged 16 years and over. £1. Details 01752 307008. Zumba Marine Academy Plymouth. Mondays 7pm to 8pm. Zumba class suitable for all abilities, aged 16 years and over. £1. Call 01752 307008 for more information.



The Directory Emergency Numbers:

NHS - 111 24/7 365 days a year Emergency Eye Care Cumberland Centre PL1 4JZ 01752 434390 Emergency Dental 0845 155 8070 Devon Doctors 0845 671 0270

Addiction: Alcoholics Anonymous 0800 917 7650 Al-Anon Family Group 020 7403 0888 GamCare (Gambling Addiction) 0808 8020 133 Harbour Centre Hyde Park House, Mutley PL4 6LF 01752 434343 / 01752 434567 Plymouth Sex Addicts Anonymous PO Box 249 Plymouth PL2 1ZN 07748 050456 SHARP Young People’s Service Hyde Park House Mutley PL4 6LF 01752 434295

Audiology & Hearing: Amplifon 45 Mayflower Street PL1 1QL 0808 256 6619 / 01752 967258 Audiology Services Level 7, Derriford Hospital Derriord Road, Derriford PL6 8DH 0846 155 8155 Hearing and Sight Centre Guild House, 156 Mannamead Road PL3 4QL 01752 201899

Behavioural Health & Psychiatry: CBT Plymouth Fourth Floor, Salt Quay House Sutton Road, PL4 0HP 07828 566865 Family Matters 46-48 Devonport Road Stoke PL3 4DF 01752 606826

Plymouth Options Centre Court, 73 Exeter Street PL4 0AH 01752 435419

Cancer Support Groups: Action Cancer Helpline 028 9080 3344 Beating Bowel Cancer Helpline 08450 719301 / 020 8973 001 Cancer Research UK Helpline 0808 800 4040 Derriford Cancer Services Dpt Level 7, Derriford Hospital 01752 431282 Plymouth Head & Neck Cancer Geoffrey N. Read 01752 563 800 / 07745 819 828 (text only) Derriford Prostate Cancer Support Group Postgraduate Centre, Derriford Hospital, Plymouth 01752 431535 Macmillan Cancer Support Helpline 0808 808 00 00 Mustard Tree Macmillan Cancer & Information Support Derriford Hospital. Plymouth 01752 763 672 Myeloma UK - Plymouth Support Group Derriford Leisure Centre, Derriford Hospital, Plymouth 01759 370159

Cardiology: Cardio Analytics Plymouth Science Park Derriford PL6 8BU 01752 201144

Chiropractic & Acupuncture: Back2Back Chiropractic Clinic 29 Houndiscombe Road Mutley PL4 6EU 01752 241145

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Chinese Acupuncture Clinic 150 Union Street PL1 3HL 01752 668080 / 07971 100175 City Chiropractic Clinic 21 Milehouse Road PL3 4AD 01752 606600 The Crescent Acupuncture Clinic 22 Hartley Avenue Mannamead PL3 5HP 01752 662144 Peninsula Chiropractic Clinic Plymouth Science Park PL6 8BU 01752 727297 Peverell Chiropractic Clinic 49 Ganna Park Road PL3 4NN 01752 253777 Plymouth Chiropractic Clinic 152 Mannamead Road PL3 5QL 01752 770131 Stillpoint Acupuncture Waterloo Wellbeing Centre, 191 Devonport Road Stoke PL1 5RN 07760 416046

Cosmetic & Plastic Surgery: Hyde Park Clinic 61 Hyde Park Road PL3 4JN 01752 292960 McDiarmid-Hall Clinic Plymouth Science Park, Davy Road, Derriford PL6 8BX 01752 753770 Morris and Fitton Nuffield Health Plymouth Hospital Derriford Road Derriford PL6 8BG 01752 707345 Refresh Southwest 1 Emma Place Ope PL1 3FD 01752 228107 Sandy Court Clinic The Millfields PL1 3JB 01752 222107

Counselling: Horizon Hypnotherapy & Counselling The Business Centre, 2 Cattedown Road PL4 0EG 07877 072525 / 01752 295991

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If you would like your business featured in our FREE directory, please email Personal and Relationship Counselling 36 Looe Street The Barbican PL4 0EB 01752 266000 Psychotherapy Plymouth The Waterloo Wellbeing Centre 191 Devonport Road Stoke PL1 5RN 01752 560002 Karen Shaw Hypnotherapy Solutions Focused Hypnotherapy karenshaw.hypnotherapy@ 07910 853887 Relate 3 Blenheim Road North Hill PL4 8LJ 01752 213131 Sea Change Therapy Copse Road PL7 1PZ 01752 341421 Simply Counselling Unit 4a, Stoke Damerel Business Centre 5 Church Street PL3 4DT 01752 560900

Dentistry: Crownhill Dental Practice 48 Morshead Road Crownhill PL6 5AQ 01752 775698 Hartley Dental 113 Mannamead Road PL3 5LL 01752 546646 John Moore Dental 51 Houndiscombe Road Mutley PL4 6EX 01752 222625 The Mead Dental Practice 61 Mannamead Road Mannamead PL3 4SS 01752 224880 Meavy Way Dental Pracctice 45 Crownhill Road Crownhill PL5 3AL 01752 773412 Pemros Dental Practice 19 Pemros Rd, St Budeaux PL5 1LY 01752 361722

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The Directory Plymouth Dental Centre of Excellence 162 Victoria Road St Budeaux PL5 1QY 01752 364717

Dermatology: The Erme Clinic 61A Ebrington Street PL4 9AA 07530 254405


Chard Road Surgery Chard Road St Budeaux PL5 2UE 01752 363111 Church View Surgery 30 Holland Road Plymstock PL9 9BN 01752 403206 Crownhill Surgery 103 Crownhill Road PL5 3BN 01752 771713

Plymouth Diabetes Centre Level 6, Derriford Hospital Derriford PL6 8DH 07825 145308

Dean Cross Surgery 21 Radford Park Road Plymstock PL9 9DL 01752 404743

Diabetes Help Plymouth Project 30 Holland Road PL9 9BN 01752 403206

Devonport Health Centre 53 Damerel Close Devonport PL1 4JZ 01752 561500

Diagnostic Imaging: Easy Imaging Plymouth Consultant Radiologists PO Box 231 PL6 8WY 01752 432200

Ear, Nose & Throat: Ear Nose & Throat Plymouth Plymouth Nuffield Hospital, Derriford Road Derriford PL6 8DH 01752 761822

Fitness: Brickfields Sports Centre Madden Road PL1 4NE 01752 563320 Elfordleigh Hotel Colebrook, Plympton PL7 5EB 01752 336428 Plymouth Life Centre 40 Mayflower Drive PL2 3DG 01752 606900

GP Surgeries:

Efford Medical Centre 29-31 Torridge Way Efford PL3 6JG 01752 781254 Elm Surgery 123 Leypark Walk Estover PL6 8UF 01752 776772 Ernesettle Primary Care Centre 21 Ernesettle Green PL5 2ST 01752 434951 Friary House Surgery 2a Beaumont Road St Judes PL4 9BH 01752 666122 Glenside Medical Centre Glenside Rise Plympton PL7 4DR 01752 341340 Knowle House Surgery 4 Meavy Way Crownhill PL5 3JB 01752 705090

Oakside Surgery Honicknowle Green Medical Centre Guy Miles Way Honicknowle PL5 3PY 01752 766000 Peverell Park Surgery The Stables, Pound House, Outland Road Peverell PL2 3PX 01752 791438 Roborough Surgery 1 Eastcote Close Roborough PL6 6PH 01752 701659

Health Centres: Capes Health Professionals Plymouth Science Park, 1 Davy Road Derriford PL6 8BX 01752 395112 Collings Park Medical Centre 57 Eggbuckland Road Hartley PL3 5JR 0152 771500 Freedom Health Centre 78 Lipson Road PL4 8RH 01752 674494

Southway Surgery 33 Rockfield Avenue Soothsay PL6 6DX 01752 776650

Lisson Grove Medical Centre 3-5 Lisson Grove Mutley PL4 7DL 01752 205555

St Levan Surgery 350 St Levan Road Keyham PL2 1JR 01752 561973 St Neots Surgery 1 North Prospect Road PL2 3HY 01752 561305 Stoke Surgery Belmont Villas Stoke PL3 4DP 01752 562569 The Budshead Health Centre 433 Budshead Road PL5 4DU 01752 206002 The Crescent Camouflage Practice 4 The Crescent PL1 3AB 01752 222665

Mount Gould Primary Care Centre 200 Mount Gould Road Mount Gould PL4 7PY 01752 434679 Sentinel Health and Wellbeing Express Diagnostics and Treatment Centre Plymouth Science Park Derriford PL6 8BU 0845 155 8297 St Budeaux Health Centre Stirling Road St Budeaux PL5 1PL 01752 322252

Health Spas: Elfordleigh Hotel Colebrook, Plympton PL7 5EB 01752 336428

Tothill Surgery 10 Tothill Avenue St Judes PL4 8PH 01752 315594

Gaia Spa Boringdon Hall, Colebrook Plympton PL7 4DP 01752 344455

Trelawny Surgery 45 Ham Drive PL2 2NJ 01752 432080

Kalmora Spa Debenhams, Second Mezzanine Flr 16-18 Royal Parade PL1 1SA 01752 222374

Leypark Surgery within Estover Health Centre, Leypark Walk Estover PL6 8UE 01752 788778

University Medical Centre 27 Endsleigh Place Drakes Circus PL4 6DN 01752 222341

Lisson Grove Medical Centre 3-5 Lisson Grove Mutley PL4 7DL 01752 205555

West Hoe Surgery 2 Cliff Road The Hoe PL1 3BP 01752 660105

Barton Road Surgery Horn Lane, Plymstock PL9 9BR 01752 407129

Mannamead Surgery 22 Eggbuckland Road Mannamead PL3 5HE 01752 223652

Woolwell Medical Centre School Drive Woolwell PL6 7TH 01752 209030

Allied Healthcare Group Metropolitan House, The Millfields Stonehouse PL1 3JB 01752 604555

Chaddlewood Surgery 128 Bellingham Crescent Chaddlewood PL7 2QP 01752 345317

North Road West Medical Centre 167 North Road West City Centre PL1 5BZ 01752 662780

Wycliffe Surgery Cattedown Primary Care Centre 8 Cattedown Road PL4 0BZ 01752 434500

BUPA Health Centre 202 Peverell Park Road Peverell PL3 4QE 01752 709709

Armada Surgery 28 Oxford Place, Western Approach PL1 5AJ 01752 428398 Beaumont Villa Surgery 23 Beaumont Road St Judes PL4 9BL 01752 663776


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Ocean Beauty Spa/Salon Holiday Inn Armada Way PL1 2HJ 01752 651929

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The Directory Caremark Plymouth Falcon Business Centre, Falcon House Eagle Road PL7 5JY 01752 349784 Livewell South West 200 Mount Gould Road Mount Gould PL4 7PY 01752 437177

Hospitals: Derriford Hospital Derriford Road Crownhill PL6 8DH 01752 202082 Nuffield Health Hospital Derriford Road PL6 8BG 0800 015 5020

Massage Therapy: Mark Mears Associates 15 Acre Place Stoke PL1 4QR 07711 519390 The Muscle Clinic Room 20, HQ Building 237 Union Street PL1 3HQ 01752 313474 Plymouth Natural Health Centre 175 Outland Road, Peverell PL2 3PY 07758 000266 Vivienne Blackney Massage Therapist Unit 21, Scott Business Park Beacon Park Road PL2 2PQ 07905 006678

Non-profit Organisations: Devon and Cornwall Refugee Support 7 Whimple Street PL1 2DH 01752 265952 Family Matters (Family Support and Relationship Advice) 46-48 Devonport Road Stoke PL3 4DF 01752 606826 Pisces Swimming Club for All Disabilities Sessions on Sundays 11.15am to 1.15pm at Plymouth Life Centre. Details Samaritans (Mental Health Support) 20 Oxford Place Western Approach PL1 5AJ 01752 221666 / 116 123

SEAP (Free, confidential and independent advocacy service) Highbury House 207 Outland Road PL2 3PF 0300 343 5719 / The Eddystone Trust (HIV and Sexual Health Services) 2nd Floor Suite 11 Whimple Street PL1 2DH 01752 254406 / 0800 328 3508

Stoke Physiotherapy 129 Devonport Road Stoke PL1 5RQ 01752 563977

Pregnancy Services: Babybond (Ultrasound Direct Plymouth) Devonshire Villa 52 Stuart Road PL3 4EE 01752 600067

Plymouth Health and Fitness Unit 29 Mary Seacole Road The Millfields PL1 3JY 01752 945876 Plymouth Hoe Boot Camp Plymouth Hoe 07972 198993 Power Bounce Fitness 14 Gibbon Lane North Hill PL4 8BR 07877 388450 / 07402 250050

YMCA (Health and Wellbeing Support for Young People) Kitto Centre PL5 3NG 01752 201918

BPAS (British Pregnancy Advisory Service) Mount Gould Local Care Centre 200 Mount Gould Road PL4 7PY 03457 30 40 30

Refine Fitness and Nutrition 47 Higher Compton Road PL3 5HZ 07967 268493

The Zone Plymouth (Support and Advice for Young People) 14-16 Union Street PL1 2SR 01752 206626

Pregnancy Crisis Centre Second Floor, Kinterbury House Canterbury Street PL1 2DG 01752 246788

Revolution Fit Personal Training and Bootcamps 25 Acorn Gardens PL7 4NJ 07881 621882

Orthodontics: Plymouth Orthodontics 60 Lower Compton Road Mannamead PL3 5DW 01752 662554

Orthopaedics: Vita Orthopaedics LLP Plymouth Nuffield Hospital Derriford Road PL6 8BG 0845 5050522

Sexual Health: Brook Torpoint Community College Trevol Road Torpoint PL11 2NH 01209 710088 GUM Clinic Level 5, Zone D Derriford Hospital PL6 8DH 01752 431124 (Appointments) 01752 431804 (Advice)

Physical Therapy:

Weight Loss:

Alison Morton Physiotherapy 13 Peverell Park Road Peverell PL3 4LS 01752 257581

Andy Jackson Personal Trainer McCauley’s Gym 23 The Crescent PL1 3AD 07445 893048

Andrew Higgins and Associates 28a Pomphlett Road Plymstock PL9 7BL 01752 294714

Classic Health and Fitness (Weight Loss in Plymouth) Beechwood Primary, Rockfield Avenue Southway PL6 6DX 07795 260374

Bowden Physio 23 Brandreth Road Mannamead PL3 5HQ 01752 252696 Fay Pedler Physiotherapy Clinic 5 Whiteford Road Mannamead PL3 5LU 01752 664519

Craig Adams Fitness Trainer McCauley’s Gym 23 The Crescent PL1 3AD 07837 810196 Dean Burchell Fitness and Nutrition 1 Cross Park Avenue Crownhill PL6 5AR 07766 004853

Plymouth Neurophysio Falcon House, Eagle Road Plympton PL7 5JY 01752 349797

Epsilon Fitness 1 Leigham Street PL1 3BE 01752 269829

Plymouthphysio 5 Whiteford Road Mannamead PL3 5LU 01752 670707 / 01752 664519

Merlin Fitness Ltd Unit 86-88 Christian Business Park Tamerton Foliot Road Crownhill PL6 5DS 01752 721062

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Rich Hickman Personal Trainer McCauley’s Gym 23 The Crescent PL1 3AD 07896 949966 Shift Personal Training McCauley’s Gym 23 The Crescent PL1 3AD 07508 919870 Steve Parry Personal Training McCauley’s Gym 23 The Crescent PL1 3AD 07899 875637 Suzy Wills Personal Training 5 Longfield Villas PL8 7RR 07971 779667 The Good Health Clinic City Business Park Somerset Place PL3 4BB 01752 774755

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VivaCity - Issue Eleven - Apr/May 2018  

VivaCity is a FREE locally sourced and produced health, fitness and lifestyle magazine.

VivaCity - Issue Eleven - Apr/May 2018  

VivaCity is a FREE locally sourced and produced health, fitness and lifestyle magazine.