The Blackdown Healthy Living and Activity Centre is a charity that was set up to support the health and well-being of elderly and isolated people in the Blackdown Hills in Devon. The Centre offers a range of services including complementary therapies and a mix of classes and events.
One very positive innovation is the Centre’s Low Cost Clinic for complementary therapies (including reflexology, massage, hypnotherapy, Alexander Technique teaching) which is subsidised by a grant from the Mid Devon Public Health Fund. The grant money is used to reduce the complementary therapists’ room rent, which enables practitioners to lower the fees they charge to clients.
Centre Manager, Charlie Bottling commented: “Our Centre is fundamentally here to support our community, the Low Cost Clinic concept makes the services offered by our Therapists accessible to more people. That’s fantastic. In the future we hope to access additional funding to further reduce the cost of treatments available via the Low Cost Clinic.”
CNHC registered hypnotherapist Roland Bullivant provides hypnotherapy at the Centre, and offers his services as part of the Low Cost Clinic. Roland commented: “The Centre itself provides a broad range of services and is especially valuable for elderly and isolated members of the community.
I wanted to try to help people who could benefit from hypnotherapy even if they do not have the financial resources of those who can afford it more easily. The Low Cost Clinic is a good way to do that and I am very grateful to the Mid Devon Public Health Fund for its support.”
The Centre was set up following an idea by a (then) local GP, Dr Meads, who got together with a group of interested local people and developed the Centre in the old St Ivel milk factory club building.
The Centre is now a thriving hub of activity and is well used and attended by the local community.
To find out more visit: www.bhlac.org.uk