LEYBURN hub has received a number of activity support packs as part of North Yorkshire Sport and North Yorkshire County Council’s efforts to help improve physical and mental health during the coronavirus outbreak.

Aimed at older adults, families and young people, each pack contain practical examples of ways to stay active at home and tailored exercises. The packs also have items to help people take part in physical activity more easily and to maintain positive mental health.

The Leyburn hub was included in the distribution at the request of North Yorkshire councillor Karin Sedgwick, who arranged a delivery of packs tailored for older adults. These packs also include an exercise band, a mindful drawing booklet, chair-based exercise ideas and colouring pencils.

David Poole, who coordinates the Leyburn Community Support Hub, said: “We are really pleased Karin thought of us. The packs will be delivered by our volunteers and are going to go to members of both our Tuesday Club and an exercise class we run.

“They are all really looking forward to getting them.”

Leyburn Hub has been on the go since the beginning of the pandemic and further coordinates 27 parish support groups across its area of responsibility. Between them they manage public requests for support. These have been mostly for help with shopping, medication, transport and a small number of financial queries.

Over the last 12 weeks work levels have continued to be very manageable with no requests for assistance with shopping this week. This is possibly due to more people now leaving their homes to do their own shopping and the increased availability of online deliveries by supermarkets. Requests for the collection and delivery of medication have also reduced.