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Reflexing On Our First Year
Wednesday 7th October, 2009

Reflexing On Our First Year
Lft to Rt; Emma Moran, WLCT Active Living Officer, Claire Corkhill, 21, Ashton-In-Makerfield, Thomas Adedji, 21, Wigan, Karen Hall WLCT Active Living Officer, Chris Megarrell, WLCT Active Living Officer.

IT’S one of the hottest club nights in the North West with fans travelling to Wigan from as far flung as Windermere, Preston, Warrington and across Greater Manchester.

Respect Reflex is a monthly club night dedicated to encouraging adults with learning disabilities to get fit by hitting the dance floor.

On Tuesday (October 6) night 200 revellers celebrated the night’s first birthday with a black tie and diamonds ball.

Wigan Leisure and Culture Trust’s Active Living Team organise the nights at Reflex Nightclub in Wigan town centre through their "Let’s Get Active" project to increase confidence and fitness for people with learning disabilities.

More than 120 adults with learning difficulties regularly attend the night which is designed to encourage people to take regular exercise and reduce the risk of heart disease, help weight loss and at the same time increase self-esteem, confidence and social interaction.

Emma Moran, Community Learning Disabilities Officer for Wigan Leisure and Culture Trust, said: “We always expected the night to be popular but to have so many people travelling in from all over the North West is testament to the appeal of the uniqueness of this event.
“Dancing is a really good form of exercise but we’ve also created an atmosphere where people with learning disabilities feel comfortable, safe and relaxed so that they have a good time and increase their fitness.”

Claire Corkhill from Ashton celebrated her 21st birthday in style as she was named Queen of the ball while Thomas Adedji, 21 from Wigan was crowned King.

The “Let’s Get Active” project, funded by Ashton, Leigh and Wigan Primary Care Trust, is part of Wigan Leisure and Culture Trust’s Active Living Team’s aim to support people in becoming more physically active to help improve their health and quality of life.

They also provide targeted physical activity and health programmes for sedentary and older adults, those with chronic health needs, under 5s (and parents and carers), employees and targeted communities.

Admission to “Respect Reflex” is by ticket only which must be purchased in advance by contacting, Emma Moran, Karen Hall or Chris Megarrell on (01942) 828 572.

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