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Watch our Keep Fit Videos!

YOU can now watch our Keep Fit videos which have been released to keep people healthy in mind and body during the Covid-19 lockdown period.

Posted Thursday, 19th November 2020

A SERIES of short videos aimed at keeping people with learning disabilities fit and healthy in mind and body during the Covid-19 crisis have been produced by Carlisle Mencap.

Backed by a grant of £6,000 from Sport England via Active Cumbria, and made in conjunction with Manchester-based filmmaker John Slemensek of Studio Bokehgo, the series of 16 short videos show a variety of simple exercises and healthy pursuits, from bench presses to gentle walks in the countryside, squats to stretch exercises.

You can watch the videos now at the Resource Videos facility on the front page of this website and if you would like more information about them or how to be sent links to download, please email

A special online launch of the keep fit videos was held at Carlisle Mencap’s Grace Little Centre this week. The centre is the home of the charity’s award-winning Independence Studio whose members star in the videos in groups of two along with fitness instructors Julie Hetherington of Carlisle Youth Zone and Stephen Phillips of Ability Counts Adaptive Training.

Speaking at the launch, Richard Johnston, senior manager operations at Active Cumbria, said: “These videos are so appropriate and really cater for the needs of vulnerable people and those with learning disabilities. There are a lot of sport videos available on the internet but many of them are quite complicated and technical or involve expensive equipment. These don’t. They are easy to follow and so well done to everyone involved in making them.”

Dan Campbell, who runs the Independence Studio as well as the charity’s Sunday Active group and sports programme, said: “All these activities can be done with no equipment. The videos are short and sweet but can be linked together. They are suitable for wheelchairs too and they have subtitles so are easy to follow. And John has done a great job with the production of them.”

Carlisle Mencap’s CEO Sheila Gregory added: “We are very grateful to Sport England through Active Cumbria for supporting this. Julie and Stephen as professional instructors did a great job and thanks too to filmmaker John and all the Independence Studio members for making a really good job of these videos which will be of such benefit to so many people in lockdown.”

As well as watching the videos on this website, they will also be available at the Active at Home section on Active Cumbria’s website at and the Royal Mencap Society is also hoping to make the videos available too. Active Cumbria kindly gave us the funding for the videos through Sport England. We can also send you the videos through  WeTransfer. Just contact Carlisle Mencap with your details.

The people who attended the online launch at the Grace Little Centre were filmmaker John Slemensek; Richard Johnston, senior manager operations at Active Cumbria; Aileen Grant, from Active Cumbria Carlisle; Claire Tritton, of the Royal Mencap Society; Jacqui Taylor from For Eden; Esme Watson, of Leeds Mencap; and from Carlisle Mencap Sheila Gregory, Stephanie Ekins-Parnell, Dan Campbell, Tim Baty and Phil Taylor.


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