Live SMART centre opens in Redhill

An initiative to help make everyday life easier and healthier for people who live or work in Redhill and Merstham, has been launched in Redhill town centre.

Live SMART, which is managed by the Reigate and Redhill YMCA, has officially opened its new base in the Belfry shopping centre.

The project provides local people with free advice and information on helping make everyday life easier, healthier and more active.

The Live SMART staff and volunteers offer services and advice including on getting more active and healthier by receiving a NHS health check or fitness test, which is completely free for 40 to 74-year-olds, a pay-as-you-go car club for people who don’t want the costs associated with owning their own car, and information on gym membership, fitness classes and fundraising Challenge events available through the Reigate and Redhill YMCA.

Other services cover welfare and benefits advice for young people, cycle training, guided walks and cycle rides, and saving money and resources across everyday living costs.

In addition, Age UK are at the Live SMART Centre every Thursday, offering support and advice, and the Richmond Fellowship, with guidance on mental health and wellbeing.

Live SMART project manager Debbie Clement, said: “We have had a great reaction since we opened and the local public seem to be loving the new centre.”

She said: “We would like to encourage even more people to come in and discover more about what we are offering and what is out there for all members of the family.

“Getting active is so important and staying healthy is vital. Let us help in any way we can.”

The centre was officially opened with a ribbon cutting ceremony carried out by YMCA chairman Chris Brewer, and YMCA President, Penelope Horsfall.

Special guests included Julian Ellacott, Reigate and Banstead Borough Councillor for Redhill West, and Dr Joe McGilligan, chairman of East Surrey Clinical Commissioning Group, while displays and exhibits were set up around the centre by groups including the YMCA, Travel SMART, Co-Wheels and Action Surrey.

YMCA chief executive, Ian Burks, said: “Live SMART is going to give us even more scope to promote health, wellbeing, sustainable travel and active lifestyle choices in the local area.”

Since the launch, the centre has hosted business lunches and networking events, and there are plans for a tea dance.

For more information about the Live SMART project, or to arrange a bicycle donation, call 01737 779979 or visit: www.ymcaredhill.com

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