Inclusive fitness initiative for women

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Women from all walks of life and cultural backgrounds have the chance to improve their health and wellbeing by participating in a women-only multicultural exercise program at Swan Active Beechboro.

Run by Ishar Multicultural Health Services and supported by the City of Swan and Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries, the Exercise for All program is designed to support women who may not otherwise exercise due to cultural beliefs or discomfort exercising in a mainstream program.

Exercise for All runs from 11.30am – 1pm at Swan Active Beechboro every Wednesday and wraps up on December 11.

City of Swan Mayor David Lucas said supporting our diverse community is a priority as around 30% of City residents are born overseas.

“The City is a place for everyone to feel at home, and we are proud to support this program to strengthen public health and community wellbeing,” he said.

Mayor Lucas said the program received a non-cash donation to the value of $940 through an application to the City’s Swan Community Funding Scheme (SCFS).

“As part of our SCFS, we are providing a non-cash donation to cover the function room hire costs.

“We welcome grant applications from community groups and not-for-profit organisations that are seeking support for projects, activities and events that address identified community needs.”

Manager Health Services Rachel Pearce said that Ishar Multicultural Health Services offers a range of programs aimed at improving the health and wellbeing of women from a refugee or migrant background.

“We currently offer an exercise program in Mirrabooka and this non-cash donation from the City of Swan means we can offer this program in Beechboro to support migrants and refugees living in the area,” she said.

“The program will also help women understand the facilities at Swan Active Beechboro, and towards the end they will be encouraged to join one of the mainstream exercise programs currently offered by the City of Swan.”

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