Our mission is to provide low level, preventative services in the field of health and wellbeing to the many people who are falling through the gaps of statutory services.

We pride ourselves on our ability to listen to the community. Offering preventative measures rather than reactive measures, then using our professional skills and knowledge to innovate to make ideas, wishes and needs of the community happen quickly.

Our philosophy is based on exciting and enjoyable interactive services where we do rather than dictated.

iCan began in 2017 as a community interest company (not for profit). With over 15 years’ experience as a locally rooted female fitness centre, developed and run by women, for women,  our essence was increasing women’s abilities to engage in public life through health, fitness and mental wellbeing.

Through experience and as a response to the Covid 19 pandemic,  iCan identified the growing need to extend it’s services to all genders and abilities, focussing specifically on emotional resilience, inclusion, coping strategies, humanity, kindness and exercise in communities across Cumbria. We have achieved this with our many innovative, community led and successful programmes.

In 2018 we wrote and published our unique Live Well Guide for adults, shortly followed by My Own Guide for children.

In 2019 we designed our Wheels of Wellness mobile facility which creates a literal “WOW” reaction across Cumbria and beyond. Offering exercise and mind health support to all, featuring our bellicon rebounders, live well hub and ability bouncer for wheelchair users. In 2020, after much scoping and input from our communities and our leaders we developed the WeCan Wellbeing Centre which is open to all, accessing  low-level support in mental wellbeing. Featuring peer led support sessions, advice and guidance and fun activities to improve emotional wellbeing. Our community, NHS leaders, CNTW leaders, GP’s, and Councillors, agreed there is an overwhelming consensus that WeCan will offer all the necessary systematic change that our community so desperately needs.

iCan is passionate about partnership and collaborative working, and are prominent decision makers and advisors on many health and wellbeing forums and partnerships. iCan has good relationships with other VCSE’s, local Councils and Public Health.

Looking to the future

In 2022 we are embarking on becoming a charity, CIO and have further aims to transform our environmental policy into a reality.

We plan to encourage members and stakeholders alike to focus on positive environmental change including offering:

– Sustainable water bottles in our premises
– Water fountains to replace single use plastics
– Recycling hubs in our centres 
– Car sharing for workouts  and service users
– Use of recycled materials for our internal printing and publication printing

iCan Female Fitness: 

– iCan female fitness club
– National Lottery Community Fund 
– iCan Medical research prehab/rehab with bellicon
– Pappagallino fund, University of Cumbria and NCIC
– Walking football funded by Age UK Carlisle and Eden and Sport England
– School of social entrepreneurs sse 
– Power to change business trade up programme
– SIB power to change business renewal fund 
– Magic little grants
– Tesco bags of help

WeCan Wellbeing Centre:  

– YPOF – An award programme delivered over 6 weeks- Cumbria Community Foundation
– WeCan Grow with Age Uk Carlisle and Eden and HSBC bank
– WeCan Cook -Cumbria Community Foundation
– 4 New Peer Support Groups for WeCan National Lottery Community Fund- Awards4all
– Psychological Support Fund- Cumbria Community Foundation and CCG premises
– Vinci foundation and clothworkers foundation

Wheels of Wellness (WOW) – Sport England:

– iCan be me- 6 week 13-16 young women empowerment project – Cumbria Community foundation
– iCan be happy – wow becomes engagement tool to help AAW talk to families – Always Another Way 
– WCMHP 12 visits p/a with WOW & 200 LWG – Groundwork cumbria, Sellafield, Cumbria Community Foundation
– ACTion 6-4 week projects promoting neighbourliness ACT and Electricity North West

Youth projects and publications:

– TIEF- Active Cumbria and Sport England 
– My Own Guide to…. 12 week school project Leads – Cumbria County Council
– MOG Cumbria family support Cumbria Family Support
– COMF – 5 secondary schools of MOG – Contain Outbreak Management Fund
– LLMHYP – 3 year of 150 MOG and Activity packs delivered alongside WCMHP – Cumbria Youth Alliance

Child and vulnerable adult Safe guarding: 

We work every day with children, adults and vulnerable people so keeping them safe is our utmost priority. All staff at iCan are DBS checked, have  completed health and safety at work first aid training and vulnerable adult and children safeguarding training.

Please find below our policy documents or for more information please contact lisa@icanfitnesscumbria.co.uk 

Award Winning

2020

Winners of the 2020 Active Cumbria Awards for Best Health and Wellbeing Centre of Incentive

2019

Winner of the Active Cumbria Sport Awards for Best Community Group.

Shortlisted at the Enterprise Vision Awards (EVAS North West) for Best Health and Wellbeing Incentive.

Shortlisted for Cumbrian Woman of the year Award. Suzan Hunter (Director) Winner of the Social Entrepreneur of the Year Award.

Lisa Dykes (Director)

2018

Nominated for a Community Heroes Award.

Winner of the CSEP New Social Enterprise Highly Commended Award.

Winner of the Social Entrepreneur of the Year Award. Julia Clifford (Director)

Shortlisted for Cumbrian Woman of the year Award. Julia Clifford (Director)

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