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Do you want to find groups and support in the community that might help you improve your health and wellbeing? You can find lots of local support from charities to social groups in the Health Connections Mendip Directory.
The Somerset Exercise Referral Scheme offers activities for those with a diagnosed medical condition. Health Professionals can refer people who will benefit from a personalised physical activity programme to the GP Exercise Referral Scheme. There are over 30 recognised leisure providers in Somerset that are accredited to deliver exercise on referral. Venues include leisure centres, gyms, swimming pools and community venues. The range of activities available depends on the individual’s health needs and what is offered by the local accredited leisure provider. All programmes will be designed to meet individual needs and may include gym based exercises, walking, swimming, exercise classes, Tai Chi and other activities. Most importantly the activity will be at the user’s own pace. The cost of the GP Exercise Referral Scheme will vary between leisure providers. The number of sessions can last between 8 and 16 weeks. To get a referral, a patient will need to make an appointment to see a Health Professional who will determine if they meet the eligibility criteria that the scheme requires. If they do, they will complete a referral form and hand this to the patient. The patient will then decide which accredited leisure provider they would like to attend.
A list of Exercise Referral providers can be found here