Healthy minds, bodies and businesses helps everyone through the Coronavirus crisis
In the midst of a global pandemic, it is more important than ever to look after our mental health and wellbeing. With social restrictions, self-isolation and anxiety around illness being commonplace now, many are understandably feeling the toll. That is exactly why a number of Newquay-based businesses are adapting the ways in which they operate to help keep spirits and morale high and the community fit and healthy, redefining the town’s ethos for lifestyle living.
For residents who are fitness fanatics, the owner of Newquay’s KaPow Healthy Living has remodelled her business plan and fully transitioned to online since forced closure of gyms. Karen Powell now provides live class workouts and nutrition seminars via Zoom Social, in addition to offering 24/7 support around topics such as food, fitness and wellbeing.
Situated on Pentire, Oceanflow Yoga is quite literally flexing, now live streaming its very popular yoga classes seven days a week for yogis to get involved with from the comfort of their own homes. From mindful morning mantras on Instagram to Lazy Sunday Slow PJ Flow, Zen-seekers of all abilities are invited to get chilled with the Newquay-based team.
Get Fit Newquay’s Liam Broderick is brightening up everyone’s days, teaching his fun Clubbercise and Zumba live online, complete with fun disco lighting for that full club effect. Additionally, Ellie Murray Yoga has taken the leap into the world of virtual yoga classes, hosting her first live streamed class back in March. She has had people tuning in not only from Newquay, but also from London, Spain, Germany and France with a truly global reach.
And if people do unfortunately get injured during their online or daily allowable exercise sessions, Newquay Osteopaths is offering a free telephone and video consultation service. It can provide advice, diagnosis, reasonings and suggestions, including nutrition recommendations, rehabilitative exercises and self-treatment advice.
And to keep local minds healthy, Newquay Hypnotherapy is now practising its therapies online, in addition to owner, Adam Pearson, developing his brand-new festival business, ‘CornWELL Fest’, which is now becoming a social change movement.
Karen Powell of KaPow Healthy Living said, “Lockdown has brought its challenges. I am a mum to three so in between home schooling and running a business I had to quickly adapt and find my new routine. I have always loved the buzz in my gym from members and we have managed to keep this momentum going through transitioning to virtual. It’s inspirational to see just how many people have turned to fitness during this pandemic. Taking the time for self-care is vital and I am extremely grateful to be able to keep Newquay moving, active and healthy during this pandemic.”
Adam Pearson of Newquay Hypnotherapy said, “There’s a shift in consciousness happening and we’ve going to make sure it sticks. I’ve always been interested in public health and that’s why I started CornWELL Fest and our latest project, called “A Month of Kindness”, which started on 1st May. Anyone can get involved and it’s a very energising process of building on strength, hope and the power of communities. To get involved, go to www.cornwellfest.com. We need to help each other, now more than ever.”
Newquay Business Improvement District (BID) Manager, Carla Marie Jones said, “We are so proud to be part of such an inspiring and creative town, full of remarkable businesses and people. Health, wellbeing and fitness is what defines Newquay’s core as a lifestyle destination, both for residents, and again in the future, for vital visitors, so it’s inspiring to see a number of our wellness related businesses adapting, innovating, and rising in the face of adversity. What some of the businesses are demonstrating is a unique kind of resilience and strength, and also the opportunity to utilise the current time ability that people have to exercise and invest in themselves. The support and generosity that is being shown during this time is commendable and will be remembered for a long time to come.”
Carla continued, “Despite businesses having their own worries over possible financial and economic impacts, and what the future may hold, they continue to invest in the local community and keep this focus at the heart of their operations. We hope that these businesses remain in the forefront of everyone’s’ minds and that the Newquay community will continue to discover new options on their doorsteps, and then go on to support and value the incredible business economy of Newquay for a long time to come. Perhaps even in a way that we may never have thought possible before!”
Other companies in Newquay that have successfully ‘pivoted’ their operations in order to help people stay well include Counselling For You. Owner Julie Kuhn is offering therapy via Zoom Social and over the telephone, providing extensive tips and ideas to help people deal with everyday difficulties and worries. Julie also offers a free Facebook live stream session on a weekly basis as well as a free, informal 30-minute chat for anyone who may need it.
Karen Hoyle, founder of Ghost Consulting has found her business consultancy service has now become more about the people as opposed to their businesses. Karen said, “I would normally see businesses about their marketing plans and strategies but what I am seeing now is that business is no longer about profit, meetings or plans. Some of these things came to a shuddering halt with lockdown. The time off is making people re-evaluate careers and their work life balance and coaching around new careers is raising some great revelations. Businesses need that external person to talk to and an independent ear just to listen and motivate them.”
Newquay Town Council has coordinated a Volunteer Support Service in partnership with Newquay Lions, Newquay Towan Blystra Lions and the Rotary Club of Newquay, to provide deliveries to vulnerable people within the community. The service is available to those who are vulnerable and have no local support network to assist them during this time. It can offer help with grocery shopping, prescription deliveries and wellness chats. For more information or to sign up call 01637 808250. The phone lines are open 7 days a week or people can visit www.newquaycouncil.uk/covid19-support-service
Kaye’s Pharmacy remains open Monday to Saturday from 9am-4pm and the staff are adhering to strict social distancing measures to keep shoppers safe. The pharmacy is also offering a free delivery service in TR7 & TR8 postcodes.
Keen to do as much as possible to help everyone get through these unchartered waters, Newquay BID would like to hear any suggestions of what that they can do to practically support businesses and the business community in general. If businesses have literature that they wish to circulate to the wider community, or changes to their opening hours or operating plans, then Newquay BID can help share that info across its platforms. Businesses or individuals are encouraged to send content, queries, feedback and suggestions to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
For anyone who feels they need some extra support with their mental health during the coronavirus crisis, there is a plethora of support out there. As a starter for ten, please see here some official websites:
Issued on behalf of Newquay Business Improvement District (BID) by Excess Energy Communications. For more information or images please contact Sarah Harrington at firstname.lastname@example.org or 01637 852130