Street fit Scotland is a not for profit Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation/Social Enterprise. We deliver a programme of Health, Fitness and Well-being that aims to reduce social isolation and loneliness for people who are living in all homeless accommodation or who have experienced homelessness or who are vulnerably housed. We include individuals who are in any type of recovery. We support anyone who has experienced issues around mental health, offending behaviors or Trauma. Street Fit Scotland is a social outlet that aims for people to be Street Fit for life! It provides a way back into the community, a way of re-integrating back into society.
We build positive relationships with each other and encourage our participants to do this with any service that they are engaged in to allow them to make the best of their situation and to get better results!
Street Fit Scotland has many aims but the overall aim is that the participants are put in the position where they are given an opportunity to change their lifestyle and take control over their mental and physical health. We offer the opportunity to engage in all of our sessions or just drop into 1 or 2 that suits the needs of the person at the time. We want people to be more active day to day and Street Fit for Life.
Michelle, the founder and CEO of Street Fit Scotland, recognised gaps within the homeless system/services when she started to take homeless people to a local gym through working in the homeless sector for over 20 years as a front-line worker.
Michelle realised that this was more than just engaging in physical fitness, they were making a positive lifestyle choice, at the same time re-integrating back into society. She went on to win a place on the Social Innovation Incubator Award programme based at the Melting Pot (social innovation incubator award) in Edinburgh and developed Street Fit Scotland from there on in.
She then went on to win an award through speaking at the Senscot Ceilidh which gave coaching through the Social Enterprise Academy.
In 2016 Michelle was then asked to speak at the Power of sport conference and the Homeless World Cup in Glasgow.
She has given public presentations at many conferences and is now a finalist for the Great Scot 2017 Specsavers community champion award.
Since 2016 Street Fit Scotland has been a registered charity and is currently funded by the Scottish Government (Legacy 2014).
The Street Fit Scotland Team
CEO/Trustee/Founder and Mentor
Michelle is the core structure of Street Fit Scotland. She has been working with socially disadvantaged adults for more than 20 years and brings with her a vast amount of knowledge and experience in the field housing, health and social support and mental health support.
Michelle recognised that there are gaps in homeless services and access to health and fitness was not that easy for this client group so she founded Street Fit Scotland through running several pilot studies. Michelle is driven to create a social wave of wellness and is working towards social change, social inclusion and better health for all who access the programme.
On a daily basis you can find Michelle running from place to place dealing with funding, opportunities, delivering training, mentoring and organising the holistic health fitness and wellbeing programme that she has designed. Michelle loves people and loves to help others. Her aim is to give the participants their self-worth and self-belief back through participation. Michelle adapts the service to the needs of the participants at all times.
We are proud to announce that Michelle is a finalist for the Great Scot 2017 award (Specsavers community champion).
Fitness Coach / Instructor
I was first introduced to Michelle and found out what street fit Scotland do. I jumped at the chance to help and put something back in to the community.
To be able to reach out and help people who have are socially disadvantaged and see the positive results that the fitness and health sessions and how they have positively impacted on their lives both mentally and physically is amazing. It’s a joy working with this group as they give 100% all the time I feel privileged to be able to engage and support them.
I do a lot of different exercise sessions with them, during summer its outdoor sessions at Edinburgh meadows, boot camp style with lots of different equipment, winter indoor from bodyweight sessions to boxercise.
I keep the sessions varied and by giving the participants lots of options means they can learn to implement this into their lives/lifestyles. By increasing their knowledge of health and well-being and self-care they are able to take control over their health and future development.
I’ve worked in the sport and fitness industry for over 14 years now
I started out as a football coach to pre-school and primary school children,
I then followed up with fitness health nutrition and personal training at college.
I worked with a variety of people, from children and adults- with various disabilities and fully abled, children as young as 4 to elderly aged over 80 years old. Gym based outdoor and home sessions
I taught various groups classes, one to one Personal Training, and sports teams.
I continued my CPD with various courses and workshops over the years, educating myself to then help educate others.
My main aim is to help others achieve their full potential by helping them believe in themselves and showing them that they can push and reach beyond levels they didn’t think they could achieve. Through
Education and motivation not just by being physically active but recognizing that the mental health benefits are huge and through their engagement I have witnessed first-hand massive improvements in raising self-esteem/confidence/social skills which in turn re-builds their self-belief.
#motivate #inspire #educate
Inspiring others to inspire
The science behind it
Research has shown that exercise can improve not only your physical health but your mental and emotional well-being. It has been evidenced that exercise can reduce the risk of heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, obesity and cancer. Exercise also relieves depression and anxiety.
Our programme was researched and evaluated by Edinburgh University (Scottish Collaboration For Public Health Research and Policy)
They produced an accurate report that evidences the importance of this programme.
You can read the full report HERE
I have worked as an accountant for 20 years in both the private and public sector. My public sector roles have been in social housing, regeneration and NHS. All of these organisations are trying to help the most vunerable people of Scotland but sometimes it can be the smaller acts of kindness and goodwill that can help those most in need. I want to use my finance skills and experience to make a difference and to improve the lifes of the most vunerable citizens of Scotland. Street Fit Scotland does exactly that and it is an honour to be part of this amazing charity.
I have worked in social care for the last 20 years working with adults and children with complex needs. I have knowledge and experience in working and managing services with substance use, Mental Health and Homelessness.
I heard about Street Fit Scotland and the work they do and the model they use and was really interested in the service. I want to use my skill and experience to help support Street Fit Scotland to continues to support people with complex needs and enable then to make positive lifestyle choices, and gain the life they want and deserve.
Nina Rogers MSc CIPD
My background is in human resources and organisational development. Where I have worked on the design and delivery of development programmes and apprenticeships. I have also worked as a self-employed consultant advising on equality issues and project management. I am driven by my passion for a fairer society which has led to my current post with Community Justice Scotland as the Head of People. I am the HR expert managing planning and priorities across the organisation, as well as leading on a project around employability of people with lived experience. In my spare time I volunteer at a prison and I am also a Board Member of a charity that provides mentoring to vulnerable adults who are in recovery.
I came across Street Fit Scotland when I came along to take part in a lunch time gym session, I was overwhelmed by the team ethos, the encouragement of others in the room and the immediate acceptance and inclusiveness of the group. I knew that I wanted to be a part of this wonderful organisation. As a part- time Zumba instructor I felt like I could help to add to the programme and starting to volunteer for Street Fit Scotland in late 2017. I am very pleased to now be joining the Board of Trustees.
Doneil Macleod BD, RGN, RMN.
Doneil is a member of the United Kingdom Central Council for Nursing (UKCC), his professional background is in physical and mental health nursing. Doneil worked in various health and homelessness related roles in the voluntary and statutory sectors, initially as a social worker (unqualified) at St Martin -in-the-Fields, Trafalgar Square, London (1988).
Also, most recently Doneil worked at the Edinburgh Access Practice as a Practice Mental Health Nurse (CPN/Community Psychiatric Nurse) and also worked in strategic management roles in the delivery of health, housing and social work services for people who are homeless. Doneil is delighted to be a board member for Street Fit Scotland because this exciting new project works for people. The way of relating to participants and the strong emphasis put on creating a safe space dovetails perfectly with attachment-based concepts ,which is a familiar concept in his clinical work.
The Street Fit Scotland model that Michelle has created, uniquely combines companion ableness, exercise at your pace, having fun, eating healthily together and generally just respect for each other as whole people. The positive impact of all this on wellbeing and general physical and emotional health of participants is clear. And more… The staff get fitter too! because we do all this together; staff participation is an essential part of the model.