My name is Fiona Roberts and I am the founder of theMOVEMENT Charity. Like many people, exercise is a big part of my life and like many of us, I take a lot of what supports me to get the most out of exercise for granted – money for sportswear, the confidence to step into male dominated gyms, access to fitness instructors and the time to reach and even supersede personal goals.
The fitness industry does a lot to make sure what I and others take for granted do not become barriers for others. However, a few years ago I was faced within an even more uncomfortable truth. While there is support to overcome many of these barriers, there are those who face a much tougher hurdle. For women who have experienced trauma and are living with multiple disadvantages, it is extremely challenging to access one of the very activities that could do the most to help them heal, be restored and thrive.
At that point I made the decision that I wanted to be part of helping restore every woman's right to exercise. So I looked for an organisation working in this area who I could support. But to my surprise, I couldn't find any. This was when the idea for theMOVEMENT was born.
Two years later and thanks to the hard work of a great bunch of people, we have registered as a charity, created a website, built up contacts and already started working to provide safe spaces for women with multiple disadvantages to exercise in a trauma informed environment. And with feedback on how valuable this project is from both our charity partners and from the individuals involved, we want to do more. And this is where we need your help.
Covid-19 has slowed us down but we are ready to pick up again the moment we are allowed and your crowdfunding will allow us to do so just at the point when it will be needed even more than ever.
Where will your money go?
The money you donate will go towards making our 1st year of theMOVEMENT Charity happen. Over the coming year, we plan to:
- Train 30 theMOVEMENT instructors in a trauma informed approach to fitness, equipping them to volunteer for theMOVEMENT across London
- Deliver over 300 fitness sessions to women with multiple disadvantages
- Advocate at a local and national level for the right of every woman to exercise
We would love for you to be part of theMOVEMENT and restore her right to exercise.
For more detailed information about theMOVEMENT, please see our website: www.themovementcharity.com