HEALTHSCAPE CIC are launching a new cold water dipping Hub at Dawlish Warren on Sunday.
Healthscape is a community interest company which uses cold water and natural surroundings, alongside peer support, as a tool to enhance the mental wellbeing of communities.
‘Swimming in cold water is really good for your mental health,’ said Peta Howell, one of the hub leaders.
‘Since joining the groups, people have returned to employment, been able to come off medication for depression, got the confidence to go back to studying, many have gained the confidence to take lots of personal challenges head on and maybe most importantly they have made friends - and consequently broken in many cases long periods of isolation, particularly since the pandemic.’
The Teignmouth Hub is already a regular feature on Teignmouth Seafront, with up to 30 people dipping on a Sunday, and smaller groups meeting for sunrise and moonrise dips. However, Peta saw a clear need for a Dawlish group.
Peta added: ‘We are really excited to launch our new Dawlish Warren Hub this Sunday the 25 of June at 3pm.
‘Dawlish Warren is a great spot for dipping in, with good transport links and parking. Anyone’s welcome to attend, and we offer all our dips for free.’
All swims are fully insured and led by hub leaders qualified in Tube Rescue and first aid, and supported by volunteers.
For more informations, or to register your interest as a volunteer visit the website www.healthscapecic.co.uk