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Hafal presented with SwansAid grant

Welsh charity, Hafal, were today presented with their grant courtesy of the Club’s grant giving pot, Swansaid.

Hafal, meaning ‘equal’, is the principal organisation in Wales working with individuals recovering from serious mental illness and their families.

Covering all areas of Wales, Hafal provide help to over 1,000 people affected by illnesses including schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.

The organisation, which is Wales’ leading charity for people with serious mental illness, will use the £2,000 grant to offer their Ammanford participants the opportunity to engage in physical activity.

As opposed to sport, Hafal encourage their participants to exercise in a slightly different way; gardening.

“The grant money will be used to purchase a Polly tunnel and gardening equipment to run an ongoing horticultural session to help clients engage in physical activity,” said Barbara Cook, Hafal’s Project Coordinator.

“This may be the only physical activity that some of our service users are able to undertake,” she continued. “Regular involvement in gardening and horticulture, which involves food growing, can help increase levels of physical activity and fitness, burn more calories and hence contribute to healthy weight management and reduce the risk of obesity.”

By taking part in gardening and physical activity, the clients are able to not only benefit from health benefits, but also mental and social benefits.

Their self-esteem, confidence and social skills are enhanced, thus enabling Hafal to achieve their mission of helping their clients achieve a better quality of life, as well as helping them to recover.

For more information on SwansAid please contact Helen Elton on Helen@scfccommunitytrust.co.uk


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