A LOTTERY grant is helping to improve the fitness and wellbeing of Teesside’s elderly.

Ingleby Care Home residents are among those benefitting from the funding, won by Billingham based social enterprise Nouveau Wellbeing.

Specialist practitioners from the dance and fitness firm have been visiting the home to put the residents through their paces.

One of those was Emma Bryan, a Teesside University dance graduate and now a member of the Nouveau Tees Valley Team.

She said: “I’ve been a practitioner at Nouveau for over a year now and I thoroughly enjoy getting people together for activities to improve wellbeing.

“The lottery grant will help us bring wellbeing and fitness activities to a wider audience, as well as run regular sessions with residents at Ingleby Care Home.”

The funding will see the company engage with more than 600 people over the age of 60 this year.

They are conducting weekly engagement and exercise activities with Ingleby Care Home, on Lamb Lane in Ingleby Barwick, over the next six months.

So far residents have taken part in armchair exercises and dancing, aiming to improve their mobility, confidence and social interaction.

Carol Singleton, home manager, said: “Our residents absolutely loved the first session with Emma and always look forward to the next.

“One resident who lives on our specialist dementia care suite didn’t want to come out of his room for a few days but the change in him when Emma arrived has been brilliant.

“We’re so grateful to Nouveau Wellbeing for selecting Ingleby Care Home to benefit from the funding. The sessions are a fantastic addition to our activity programme.”

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