We are excited to announce that a free gym has been set up at our WestCare Centre to improve the health and wellbeing of people experiencing homelessness.
The free gym is run by Foundation Fit SA, a not-for-profit organisation supporting those at risk, and has been made possible by the donation of equipment – including rowing and cycling machines from Rostrevor College. Secondary fitness students from Rostrevor College then have the opportunity to become “personal trainers” to our clients, counting towards their SACE or VET points.
Craig McGlone, Community Development Manager at our Inner City site said it’s a great way for people to gain enjoyment from gym equipment they wouldn’t normally have access to.
“We all know working out gets the endorphins going and that can be very beneficial for someone who is facing many challenges – but one of the most common barriers to attending a gym is the cost,” he said.
Foundation Fit SA’s Co-founder, Simon Lucas said the supervised classes are held several mornings a week and include strength, fitness and coordination activities.
“Ultimately it’s about putting a smile on people’s face. We want to make sure that we are here to improve their wellbeing so that they can live a happier, healthier life,” said Simon.
One of the gym’s personal trainers is Ned Carey (year 11 student) who said he is interested in pursuing a career in fitness because of both the physical and mental rewards.
“Being involved in this program has enabled me to gain a better understanding of how important it is to help those less fortunate and improve their physical and mental health so they can live a better life,” he said.
A huge thank you to Foundation Fit SA and Rostrevor College for working with the Baptist Care SA WestCare Centre to set up this gym. It’s a fantastic health initiative to support some of Adelaide’s most vulnerable people.