Tone and Trim Community Gym

Tone and Trim Community Gym

Help to keep the gym supporting local residents maintain physical wellbeing during lockdown

Benefit of exercise

Exercise is beneficial for both physical and mental health. In adults, exercise has a positive impact on numerous chronic conditions such as diabetes and heart disease, whilst in older adults it has been shown to help prevent falls. Physical activity improves mental wellbeing across all ages, including for people with disabilities. Physical activity can also deliver cost savings to the health and care system by reducing preventable illness thus demand on services.


Tone and Trim Community Gym, Rolands Way, Woodhouse Park

Project team

Manchester Active




Janice Wilson who runs Tone and Trim has been very active in her local community for years. She has built a community who support her and encouraged her to continue with this project.

Janice is now working with myself, McrActive and Waymarking to develop the gym.


"The support from Buzz has helped to keep my gym running so I can offer an affordable service that improves peoples physical and mental health and wellbeing. During the pandemic Buzz has helped through funding a smart phone so I was able to maintain contact with my service users when the gym was forced to close. Many of the service users were isolated and alone so keeping in touch was essential for their mental wellbeing."


This project has been moving forward slowly but surely. There have been a number of issues to overcome. However Janice is now in a much more positive position with other community groups that are supporting one another to find suitable space in the community for them to thrive together.

I will continue to report any updates moving forward.

Strategic links to local/national policies



Helping people live healthier lives

Healthy Lives, Healthy People (MH Government, 2010)

Fair Society, Healthy Lives (Institute of Health Equity, 2010)

The Manchester Locality Plan – A Healthier Manchester

Manchester Health and Wellbeing Strategy

Manchester Prevention Programme

Increased mental wellbeing

Manchester Health and Wellbeing Strategy

Greater Manchester Mental Health and Wellbeing Strategy

Reducing avoidable illness/death

NHS Five Year Forward View (Department of Health, 2014).

The Manchester Locality Plan – A Healthier Manchester

Manchester Population Health Plan

Helping people age well

Taking Charge of our Health and Social Care in Greater Manchester (GMCA, 2015)

Manchester Health and Wellbeing Strategy

Manchester Population Health Plan

Research/evidence base

Department of Health and Social Care (2019) - UK Chief Medical Officers' Physical Activity Guidelines 2019

Public Health England (2016) - Health matters: getting every adult active every day

Public Health England (2018) - Physical activity for general health benefits in disabled adults: Summary of a rapid evidence review for the UK Chief Medical Officers’ update of the physical activity guidelines.

Sherrington C, Fairhall NJ, Wallbank GK, Tiedemann A, Michaleff ZA, Howard K, Clemson L, Hopewell S, Lamb SE. (2019) Exercise for preventing falls in older people living in the community. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, Issue 1. Art. No.: CD012424.

Sport England (2017) - Review of evidence of the outcomes for sport and physical activity: A rapid evidence review.


Emma Farrell - buzz Neighbourhood Health Worker

T: 0161 271 0582

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Local Manchester City Centre resident attending PARS exercise classes