Wheelchair Health In Motion (WHIM) is a FREE, peer-driven program that provides the tools for increasing quality of life* and promoting wellness in individuals living with physical disability or low mobility through innovative upper-body aerobic exercise and positive peer support

within their own local community.

*Quality of life has a different definition for each person, however, reoccurring themes are: independence, power to cope, enjoying life activities, good health, good social support and feelings of accomplishment. This program focuses on helping each individual reach their optimal goals regarding their quality of life. WHIM also strives to be a toolbox full of ongoing support resources that individuals with disability can utilize for increasing their quality of life, for example: vocational rehabilitation contacts, informational webcast alerts, advocacy alerts,

and recreational opportunities and contacts.

Mind          Body          Spirit

 

WHIM Events - What's Happening?

The Wheelchair Health In Motion (WHIM) program is more than weekly physical workouts and positive peer support. Throughout the year, WHIM holds different activities and events that compliment the exercise and social features of this program. These special activities and events allow the entire WHIM community to get together and recreate in one place.

 

WHIM & NH National Spinal Cord Injury Association

Holiday Party!

These activities are in additional to WHIM's weekly exercise classes.

See those locations and times in the Class Locations section

Class Locations

Get fit with us weekly in these communities!

 

YMCA Allard Center of Goffstown

116 Goffstown Back Road

Goffstown NH

Tuesdays 1:30-3:00pm

YMCA MEMBERSHIP NOT REQUIRED

Parish of the Assumption

150 Central Ave

Dover NH

Tuesdays 1:30-3:00pm

Sunrise Towers

 

25 Union Ave

Laconia NH

Tuesdays 1:00-2:00pm

YMCA of Downtown Manchester

30 Mechanic Street

Manchester NH

Wednesdays 1:15-2:45pm

YMCA MEMBERSHIP NOT REQUIRED

Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Concord

254 Pleasant Street

Concord NH

Thursdays 2:00-3:30pm

Betty's Dream

75 Longmeadow Lane

Portsmouth NH

Tuesdays 1:30-3:00pm

Don't see WHIM in your community?

Help us start a WHIM site in your town! Ideally, we like to see a team of 2-3 people who are motivated to develop and lead a WHIM class at a new location. However, we are willing to explore the interest of anyone who wants a WHIM class in their community.

CONTACT US!

 

Friendship                                     Strength                                     Community

WHIM Peer Leaders

Doug Ewing

WHIM Goffstown

YMCA Allard Center

Denis Lemay

WHIM Goffstown

YMCA Allard Center

Mark Race

WHIM Concord

Encompass Health Rehab

Chris Lopez

WHIM Manchester

YMCA of Downtown Manchester

Brad Holt

WHIM Manchester

YMCA of Downtown Manchester

Shellie Lemelin

WHIM Dover

Parish of the Assumption

Ellie Kimball

WHIM Dover

Parish of the Assumption

Elena Maccarone

WHIM Portsmouth

Betty's Dream

What is a WHIM Peer Leader?

A WHIM Peer Leader is an individual living with a physical disability who guides WHIM program participants during WHIM classes in their local community. Peer Leaders train one-on-one with the WHIM Manager for a series of weeks. A professionally reviewed, 100-page manual is given to individuals who are trained or training to become a WHIM Peer Leader. This manual is an essential resource that helps Peer Leaders run a group in an organized way. Ideally, each WHIM community site will have a team of 3-4 individuals peer leading the group together. A few important Peer Leader responsibilities include:

  • Lead WHIM exercise routines

    • the manual has exercises and specific routines that Peer Leaders may use to conduct the workout part of WHIM class

  • Lead WHIM peer groups

    • discussions about life and disability; struggles and good things, equally

    • these discussions will be very unique to each particular group

  • Lead WHIM health education discussions

    • topics are provided in the manual

  • Enroll new participants using Release of Liability and Registration forms and track WHIM classes with Participant Attendance Sheet and Class Notes

  • Work closely with WHIM staff

    • We ask that Peer Leaders update us on the status of their classes, what’s working and what can be better, so we can improve the WHIM program and help leaders problem solve

  • Have fun with peers!

 

Why Peer Lead with WHIM?

The Wheelchair Health In Motion (WHIM) program is not just about a good workout, great conversation with friends, meeting new people and having fun out in the community, it’s much more!

 

The WHIM program was built on learning skills that will be useful for long-term career goals! Through starting sites in new communities and running classes, WHIM Peer Leaders have the ability to work one-on-one with SHEI/WHIM staff exploring career options and developing their own work skills. These skills may include:

  • Confidence building

  • Professionalism

  • Computer skills

  • Program Development

Peer Leading with WHIM is a great opportunity for you to build your resume and work on job skills. Enrich your life through career development with WHIM!

The WHIM program is all about empowerment, defined as "the capacity of individuals, groups and/or communities to take control of their circumstances, exercise power and achieve their own goals, and the process by which, individually and collectively, they are able to help themselves and others to maximize the quality of their lives." When an individual decides to take on the volunteer position of WHIM Peer Leader, they are empowered by gaining responsibilities that are designed to help other individuals thrive in their class.

 

Peer Leadership is an opportunity to build life skills and give back to your peers and community while adding to your life's purpose. 

 

Interested in Peer Leading with WHIM?

 

Being a WHIM Peer Leader is a very rewarding experience. The life-skills you can acquire and the smiles you will bring to participants' faces are just a couple of examples. Everyone on the WHIM team welcomes you and is here to support you if you decide to lead a WHIM class in your community! Send us an email to learn more and get started:

WHIM Staff

 

Carol Conforti-Adams

WHIM Manager

carol@sheinh.org

Laura Clark

WHIM Program Coordinator

laura@sheinh.org

Chris Lopez

WHIM Peer Team Leader

chris@sheinh.org

Funding

The Wheelchair Health In Motion program has been running strong for six years due to our dedicated Peer Leaders & staff, multiple collaborative organizations, private donations, and these past funders:
 

 
  • Endowment for Health

  • Horne Family Foundation

  • Jacobus Foundation

  • Samuel P. Hunt Foundation

WHIM received funding for a 2017/2018 expansion project to grow current sites and develop new sites in different communities. This project is made possible in part by:

A Glimpse of WHIM in 2018

For additional pictures, please visit the Wheelchair Health In Motion Facebook page under PHOTOS.

 

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