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 (Sheffield International Venues) 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.”