People who are most likely to benefit from small increases in physical activity are often the least likely to have access to health promotion programs. Social disadvantage, mental illness and chronic disease can be barriers to people accessing safe, fun and appropriate exercise facilities.
Addi Moves is an inclusive exercise facility tailored to the needs of people from refugee and asylum seeking backgrounds.
About the project
In partnership with Mindgardens and Addison Road Community Organisation, UNSW Sydney established a free, mental health informed exercise facility at Addison Road Community Centre, Marrickville. The facility supports people already utilising services such as the food pantry at Addison Road, including people from a refugee and asylum-seeking background, to engage in meaningful physical activity.
Modelled on the Keeping the Body in Mind program for people living with severe mental ill health, Addi Moves is a exercise service co-facilitated by exercise physiologists and people from similar backgrounds as their clients, to ensure cultural as well as physical safety.
To learn more about the background and ethos of Addi Moves, watch this video with Associate Professor Simon Rosenbaum.