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News - Colchester Gazette Thursday October 22, 2009

Disability teams in festival Gazette Thursday October 22, 2009

TWO learning disability teams from Colchester and Clacton took part in a Mental Health League Festival at the Linford Christie Stadium in London this month. The teams were born after the launch in Colchester of the Healthy 4 Life football project run by NHS North East Essex for adults with learning disabilities.

 A football group was first set up about four years ago by occupational therapist Carolyn Rogers and colleague Mo Seeraullee, a community nurse, who ran it in their free time until NHS North East Essex funded the project this year.

 Carolyn said: “Our football project has been a huge success.

“We offer individual health plans and bi-monthly health checks to all players and target specific problems such as weight management and smoking cessation.

“We’ve seen improvements in self-esteem, communications skills, general health and mental well-being among clients taking part.”

 For more information on the Healthy 4 Life football project, call Carolyn Rogers on 07786660998 or Mo Seeraullee on 07766253757.