A Mood-Boosting Move Mate Cecelia's Story Cecelia was at her local surgery discussing her low mood with her GP. She explained she was feeling lonely and isolated and her reduced mobility meant she was struggling to get out of the house. Her GP connected her with Ways to Wellbeing, a local social prescribing project who work with people to help them to find activities or services which will benefit their health and wellbeing. Cecelia’s social prescribing practitioner suggested she might like to be involved with GoodGym’s befriending scheme, where a local volunteer would run to see her on a regular basis. The GoodGym volunteer she was paired with knew about Move Mates and thought it would be a great project to help Cecelia get out of the house. As well as having limited mobility, she lacked confidence and motivation but she thought Move Mates sounded like a brilliant idea. Cecilia got in touch with Move the Masses and made a self-referral. Since then Cecelia has had two Move Mates. She walked with her first walking buddy for six months and has recently been paired with a new Move Mate to take over from the first. “At first I didn’t think I could go any further than the bottom of garden but my Move Mate encouraged me to walk around the cul-de-sac. I found out, if I took it slowly, I could make it. My Move Mate was convinced I could do more and slowly I realised I could go further. He was very patient, it might not feel a lot to him but it meant the world to me. He was interested in me and supported me.” Cecelia worked towards her goal of walking to the second furthest bus stop by going a bit further each time with her Move Mate’s support. Previously, she has found it too difficult to motivate herself to get out on her own. This solution was perfect. “There is no pressure on me, but my Move Mate is gently encouraging. When it’s cold and wet I could make excuses. But recently on a rainy day my Move Mate encouraged me to go out for a short walk rather than not going at all. I like chatting, it distracts me and I want to walk a bit further so that we can finish the conversation.” Since having a Move Mate, Cecelia says her mood has improved, along with her confidence. If you are interested in becoming a Move Mate, apply now.