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Keeping fit and laughing through lock-down

Before the UK entered lock down in March 2020, The Autism Project staff and students embarked on a health challenge and had frequent wellbeing sessions to help them learn about and maintain a healthy lifestyle. However, as we were all encouraged to stay at home, the team had to think of new and exciting ways to keep both our physical and mental health in check throughout these testing times.

The Autism Project wellbeing lead, Kat Gicheva, invited students to join her on a weekly basis to get moving on the popular video chat website. These virtual workouts brought students together to learn some easy fitness techniques that they can do to keep healthy. It provided them to chance to socialise, learn and laugh with their peers without having to leave their house.

Along with these fitness sessions, staff set students tasks such as regular virtual walks, outdoor scavenger hunts and a 5k challenge to support the NHS. All these activities have encouraged the students to keep moving throughout lockdown, get their daily exercise and support their mental health. Our wellbeing curriculum has not been forgotten and has continued to grow, albeit with a few tweaks here and there!

But wellbeing isn’t all about moving. Students have also taken part in some light-hearted fun to keep them laughing and enjoying themselves – as you can see by the ‘Funny Selfie Competition’ at the end of this term.

Well done to our TAP students for their hard work and determination

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