iCan Health and Fitness CIC (WeCan, WOW, WeConnect)
Project Category: Community Interest Company
iCan has 14 years’ experience as a locally rooted female only fitness, health and wellbeing club, developed and run by women, for women. Increasing women’s abilities to engage in public life through health, fitness and mental wellbeing. Specially designed to engage inactive women from our community transforming attitudes from I can’t to iCAN, which transcends all areas of life. Since Covid lockdown, we have seen a growing need to extend our services to all genders and all abilities, focussing specifically on emotional resilience, inclusion, coping strategies, humanity and kindness. In 2018 we wrote and published our unique Live Well Guide for adults, shortly followed by My Own Guide for children. In 2019 we launched our Wheels of Wellness vehicle which is fully fitted with TV’s and internet. We have a Mental Health Hub that attaches to the back and we travel round the County accessing hard to reach communities. After much scoping and input from our communities, we developed the WeCan Wellbeing Centre which is open to all ages, abilities, cultures and genders to access low-level support in both physical and mental wellbeing. We work in partnership with several other prominent VCSE’s our local Councils and Public Health. We are third sector representatives on our local Integrated Care Communities (NHS) as well as sitting on various healthy city/activity partnerships.
We pride ourselves on LISTENING to what our community needs and offering preventative measures rather than reactive measures. Our many accolades as a group reflect this and we are going from strength to strength without compromising our ethos and values. We have recently run a pilot project for Children in KS2, this project outcomes have been overwhelming. Combining a need to restructure how we deliver our services, and our factual outcomes, we now need funding to develop an interactive online support programme with a difference-
“WeConnect e-learning and PHYGITAL platform”. WeConnect will be an extension of what we do at iCan and WeCan combining our published content and years of delivery experience.
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