The National Exercise Referral Scheme (NERS) is a program of activities designed for those who are currently not active or are exercising less than three times per week. It is also for those who suffer with one or more mild to moderate medical conditions, such as high blood pressure, arthritis, and depression etc; or have been identified as being at risk of developing these conditions. (Your health professional will have more information).
The scheme involves a referral to a local leisure centre from your health professional, who believes that exercise will help in the prevention, management and improvement of your condition.
How do I get started?
You will need to see your health professional, and they will complete a referral form and send it to us on your behalf. They will have also provided you with a copy. You will then be invited to your local leisure centre or swimming pool for your first appointment.
What does the programme consist of?
On your first visit, the Exercise Referral Team will meet with you to find out a little more about your health history, carry out some basic health checks and discuss the range of exercises that are suitable for you. The activities will be fun and aim to help you become healthier through a range of classes, such as the gym or water based exercises.
When do I attend?
Activity sessions will be available to you throughout the week, including some evenings and weekends. The Exercise Referral instructor will create a timetable of activities suitable for your needs.
What is the duration of the scheme?
Your pre-approved programme will run for 16 weeks, during which time you will be able to attend as many exercise sessions as you like.
How much will it cost?
Exercise sessions under this scheme are £2.00 each.
What will I need to wear?
You don't have to wear any special clothes as long as you are comfortable. It is better to wear soft, flat shoes or training shoes.
Do I need to be fit?
No, exercise can be tailored for different abilities so you will be advised about the level of exercise suitable for you.
What happens after 16 weeks?
Towards the end of your 16 weeks, you will be invited to a follow up appointment to discuss your progress and long term exercise needs. You will then be advised of the range of exercise opportunities and the different pricing options which are available.
Membership with Pembrokeshire Leisure is an opportunity for you to continue on with the activities that you have enjoyed as part of the National Exercise Scheme.
More information about membership will be given to you as you finish the Exercise Referral Programme.