Health and fitness studio on a mission after move

Tuesday, October 10, 2017 at 10:50PM

A Carlisle health and fitness studio is on a mission to transform lives after moving into new premises.

iCan is celebrating its move from the city's Corporation Road - its base for ten years - to the Old Mitchell Dryers building in Lorne Street, Denton Holme.

Formerly Curves - which was badly hit by Storm Desmond almost two years ago - iCan recently secured social enterprise status, meaning it can now attract funding for community health projects.

Its aim is to help tackle health inequalities in the city working with people suffering long term conditions such as diabetes and heart problems.

Julia Clifford, director of iCan, explained that its tailored health and fitness programmes encouraged members to get active, build confidence and lose weight.

She said:"iCan is a social place where you can meet like-minded people and work towards your goals together. We provide a special, safe, fun, facility that is ‘your place’, to change attitudes from "I can’t" to "I can".

“iCan doesn’t believe in stereotypes, everyone can exercise. Our challenge is to find the right type of exercise for that individual member."

As a Community Interest Company (CIC), iCan is now able to work alongside councils, the NHS and other local organisations.

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