Clair Collier, resident trainer in Stoke-on-Trent, talks about her recent efforts to raise awareness of mental health and well-being through SwingTrain.
“I was asked if I would teach a SwingTrain class as part of Staffordshire Housing Group’s Wellbeing Week. The purpose of this event was to raise awareness of the Well-being Mental Health charity. People were asked to donate whatever they could afford for the classes with all proceeds going towards this worthwhile cause.
The Wellbeing Week was hosted in memory of Sandra Barber, a much loved friend and colleague of my Staffordshire Housing Group SwingTrainers. Sandra spent nearly 20 years working at S.H.G as Head of Marketing and Communications and after battling with severe anxiety and depression, sadly took her own life in May, 2018.
I taught two SwingTrain classes to much success. My main aim of course, to raise awareness of mental health issues and demonstrate the importance of dance and exercise to improve health, well-being and social interaction.
SwingTrain is one of the most enjoyable forms of fitness for people who want to learn how to dance whilst keeping fit at the same time!”