Take Five challenge heads to Mid Argyll

Tracy Chambers, left, and Sarah McFadzean, middle, joined David Brown his first run of November.
Take Five challenge creators Tracy Chambers, left, and Sarah McFadzean, centre, were inspired by David Brown, right.

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A charity challenge encouraging people to recognise the importance of fresh air and exercise on their wellbeing, which began in Kintyre, is being rolled out across Tarbert and Mid Argyll.

Mental health charity ACUMEN (Advancing Community Understanding of Mental and Emotional Needs) wants individuals and groups for those areas to take part in the ‘Take Five’ campaign.

ACUMEN is a network of members with experience of mental ill health operating across Renfrewshire, East Renfrewshire, Inverclyde and Argyll and Bute.

Among its roles, the charity delivers activities promoting recovery, wellbeing and awareness of mental health issues in communities.

Sarah McFadzean, development worker with ACUMEN covering Kintyre and Mid Argyll, explained the campaign: ‘Take Five is about setting a challenge that suits the individual’s abilities, the goal being to spend some extra time outdoors from your normal routine and to add some additional movement into your day.

‘By taking five for ourselves – whether it is five minutes of walking, five deep breaths of fresh air or a five-kilometre walk or run each day – the aim is to boost our sense of wellbeing and to support each other to do so.

‘Current restrictions mean we are limited in how we can get together, but a dedicated Facebook group and virtual meeting room are being developed so we can encourage and share our challenges in a peer group setting and feel part of something positive.’

Sarah launched the Take Five challenge with Kintyre Link Club manager Tracy Chambers in November after being inspired by Campbeltown Tesco manager David Brown’s personal 5K-a-day challenge. Kintyre Link Club decided to use the challenge, which ran over the month of November, to fundraise for their club.

Sarah said: ‘The support and positivity from the link club members was wonderful.’

She added: ‘I would love to hear from any individual or group in Mid Argyll who would be interested in taking part over the month of March, either for their own benefit or to fundraise for a group or club.’

To get involved, email sarah.mcfadzean@acumennetwork.org and feel better during lockdown.