Gym News

Hottest New Talent Create Helpful Laughs For Our Gym

Some of the UK’s hottest new comedic talent have offered a helping hand to Ability Bow, as part of a fabulous fundraising night for our service – Take A Bow (for Ability Bow) – which was filled with laughs and magic in London Bridge on Tuesday 20 March.

Inspiring Individual: Meet Derek

For people living with multiple sclerosis (MS), symptoms and behaviours may often be misunderstood, while emotional changes including anxiety, depression and stress can rapidly appear.

This doesn’t stop our gym member of seven years Derek Farrar from making the most of life and maintaining a positive and confident attitude. We hear from Derek on how he has been able to utilise the empowering support from Ability Bow staff and other service users to help manage his condition and why he feels the gym is vital to his life.

Job Vacancy: Part-time receptionist

Do you have experience providing a friendly and efficient reception service?

We are looking for a part-time receptionist with a positive, can-do, friendly and resourceful approach who will see the impact of their work first hand.

The Role

The receptionist will be the first contact point for all face-to-face and telephone enquiries with visitors, health professionals and service users on a daily basis.

Meet Stuart

Earlier this year, we said goodbye to our longstanding and outstanding Marketing and Communications Coordinator, Lorna Dorrell.

At the end of last month, we hired Stuart Wilson, who we're delighted to welcome as Lorna's replacement. 

Protecting Our Service - An Update

In November 2016, due to a lack of adequate government funding, we hit a funding crisis , and we were forced to reduce to a skeleton service losing half our staff and reducing services.  This means that currently the gym is open for people who are well enough to exercise independently after their 12 weeks of support , but is closed for people with complex needs who need continuing one:one help afterwards . Sadly that’s 60% of people referred here! 

Why is our gym important?

DeafAbility - Coming Soon!

We have a new exercise group starting soon at Ability Bow which is a health and well-being programme funded by Awards for All. The aim of the programme is for deaf and hard of hearing participants to improve their health and wellbeing through exercise.  With specialist instructors the programme is tailored to the individual regarding additional health conditions that they may have.  With the close help of an instructor monitoring their progress participants will encourage and support each other within a small group before becoming an independent member of our gym .