Barry, from Sheffield

"The reason I joined the exercise referral scheme was to help improve my movement and relieve the pain in my knees. I think the scheme is brilliant and it has helped me very much. It has resulted in my becoming a gym member!"

Yvonne, 71 from Chapeltown

"I have always enjoyed exercise so when I suffered the heart attack last year, I thought that was it. But just over six months on and I’m able to work out three times a week, which is incredible! The Exercise Referral Scheme has been brilliant, everyone is so friendly and supportive and there’s a real social atmosphere.”

Derek, 66 from Shiregreen

“Exercise has made such a difference to my life. I feel so much better, more active, and I’ve even lost weight as a result. Seven per cent of people in Sheffield suffer from diabetes, and I fully recommend that people in a similar situation to me take part in SIV’s scheme.”

Eileen, from Parson Cross

“I love being active as it not only keeps me physically fit, but it provides me with a great sense of community. Staying active and keeping fit were key aims of mine for a healthy life after 60.”