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Laura’s Future You Journey

Meet Laura! 

Laura started visiting PARC in June this year with the goal to shift her mindset from ‘I can’t’ to ‘I can’. Her story is truly an inspiring one. Exercising for Laura is not just about her physical wellbeing, but equally important, her mental wellbeing too.  

“Amongst other challenges, I suffered from agoraphobia, so just walking into such a large facility with my support worker was a huge thing.”  

Agoraphobia is a fear to leave environments you know or consider to be safe, but it was Laura’s first encounter with one of our PARC team, Clair, that helped her take the next step to using the facility. “After explaining a bit about myself and the challenges I face, [Clair] took me on a tour tailored to my needs. She offered me her support and congratulated me on taking a courageous step. That was not something I was used to and it meant a lot to me.”  

Laura also has Fibromyalgia, a condition that causes musculoskeletal pain, fatigue, memory and mood issues, so moving and being active is difficult for her. But she has not let that stop her, and has used the PARC Warm Water pool and spa to exercise and help with her Fibromyalgia.  

“It wasn’t easy to get in the pool in the first time. Not just physically but mentally as well. But I remember thinking ‘Laura, this is your moment. Just get in. Walk down those steps and get in the pool. It will be your success.”  

As part of her journey, Laura has not only improved her mobility, but she has also lost a lot of weight.  

“I have lost 60kgs, losing the last 25kg since attending PARC. The weight loss and exercise has allowed me to do things I haven’t been able to for a long time. For instance, I can now raise my arms to do my hair on my own. It actually wasn’t until I was doing my hair the other day that I realised it was a movement I could now do.”  

But Laura’s health journey is not just about the physical. “I cannot tell you how much attending PARC has helped my mental health. Getting in the pool is not just about getting in the water and moving. It is about my wellbeing as a whole person – physically, mentally and emotionally.”  

What’s next for Laura? 

Laura has her son’s wedding in November of this year, and her goal is to not need her walking frame. “I am having a dress made, and I am really excited to get dressed up and to be fit enough to move around without needing my walker.”  

We are so incredibly proud of Laura, and will be checking in with her as she continues on her Future You journey with us here at PARC.  

Want help on your own Future You journey?

Join as a PARC Member today, and we’ll support you every step of the way!

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Join the @SouthSideFestivalFrankston team for the South Side Sea Soak. Cold-water immersion has long been attributed with both physical and mental health benefits so what better way to celebrate the bay this May?

South Side Sea Soak
Saturday 11 May, 8am
Frankston Foreshore, outside Frankston Life Saving Club
FREE
Tickets at southsidefestival.com.au

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ANZAC Day is an important day for our nation as we pause and reflect on the service men and women who have fought to protect our country. 🇦🇺🇳🇿🌹

PARC will be open with reduced hours on Thursday 25 April 2024. 

Centre: 1pm-7pm 
Waterslide: 1pm-6pm 
Cafe: 1pm-5pm 
Childcare: Closed
PARC Swim: No Classes
Group exercise: Reduced timetable, check Customer Portal for classes. 

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Did you know that our vision is that 'Every Child In Frankston Can Swim'?🌳👶🏻

The Rotary Peninsula 2.0's Birth Tree is one way that's helping us to achieve this vision. ⚙️

By joining the Birth Tree, you get your child's name on this year's plaque. Plus through the Birth Tree, $45 of every contribution goes straight back to PARC and PINES to help more children build confidence in the water. Your contribution will go directly to funding baby swim programs. It's a great gift to welcome a child into our ever-growing community in Frankston.🏊

You can purchase a place for a baby born this year on the birth tree by heading to our website in the link below. Or for older children, you can add them to the Family Garden. Find out more in the link in our bio.

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Who's joining us tomorrow for our last PINES Free Family Friday of the season? 

Help us see out the PINES season with a bang and head down to our gorgeous outdoor pool for:

✅ Free entry between 4pm-7pm
🌭 Free sausage sizzle 
💦️ Waterslide (weather dependent) 
🎨️️ Face painting 
🙌️ Giveaways 
🥳️ And lots of fun in the water! 

It has been an incredible season and we can't wait to celebrate with our wonderful community.

We can't wait to see you there!

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Spots are still available for our PARC Fit Outdoor term 2! 💪

Due to popular demand we have added another term of PARC Fit Outdoor, running over 6 weeks and set outside in the beautiful surrounds of Beauty Park and Frankston Pier, our 60 minute sessions are a great way to start your mornings. 🌳🏋️‍♀️🏃‍♀️🌿

PARC Fit Outdoor Term 2 kicks off next Monday 15 April! With three different days to choose from across the week, there's still time to book your bootcamp style outdoor training sessions.

To register head to our Customer Portal in the link in our bio.

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Don't forget to book into our Living With Wildlife activity on Friday! 🌿🐨🌿

This arts and crafts this hands-on activity is perfect for children curious about nature!  Creating a habitat for butterflies using native seeds and clay, children will make 'seed balls' to take home and start a butterfly patch in the garden. 🦋🐝🪲

Bookings are essential, so please head to the link below to book your child in for a session. If you cannot attend your booked session, you can cancel through the Eventbrite page.

All items are provided and no live animals, insects or lizards are used. 

📆 When: Friday 12 April 
🕐 Sessions times between 12pm-2pm

To book for our Living With Wildlife activity please head to:
https://bit.ly/3PRZQdM

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