Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service
We’re celebrating a special announcement! The volunteers of Fibro Active have been recognised in the Queen’s Honours today, receiving the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service. It is the highest voluntary group award, recognising outstanding work within the local community. It is equivalent to an individual MBE.
Fibro Active – Small Steps to Health
Fibro Active is a peer support group for people who have fibromyalgia, based in Long Eaton. The group is run entirely by volunteers, providing a range of activities and support services for the group’s members. My involvement with the group as a volunteer began over four years ago, bringing tai chi classes into the group; later encouraging the group’s founder (Julie) and treasurer (Jane) to train to become Tai Chi for Health Instructors. We work together in class to enable varying ability levels and integrate new members. This helps to make our tai chi classes accessible to those who want to participate.
Tai Chi for Musculoskeletal Health
Tai chi has been shown to be beneficial for people who have fibromyalgia. This gentle yet powerful form of mind-body exercise provides so many benefits for psychosocial, emotional, and physical wellbeing.
We teach Dr Paul Lam’s Tai Chi for Arthritis program, using his Stepwise method. This is a safe and effective tai chi program, which has been shown to help prevent falls, improve joint mobility, muscle strength, movement co-ordination, and balance.
Tai chi has become an integral group activity alongside arts and crafts, boccia and social walks. External presenters attend regularly to provide advice on topics which promote good nutrition, mindfulness and signposting to various support services. The underlying ethos of the group is to advocate the Five Ways to Wellbeing.
Visit the Fibro Active website to discover more about the group and their work supporting people who have fibromyalgia.
About Christopher Davenport
My mission is to empower people to improve their health and wellbeing.