ALBA is a physical activity intervention developed by the Scottish Association for Mental Health (SAMH), which aims to help individuals experiencing poor physical or mental wellbeing to increase and maintain their physical activity levels.
The ALBA intervention is aimed at individuals who want to become more active but lack motivation, self-belief and confidence and need a little more support to take the first steps to becoming more active.
Service users will receive up to 16 weeks of free support, on a one-to-one basis, with an ALBA practitioner at a local venue. This will be agreed in advance. The one-to-one sessions will focus on building:
ALBA staff will give support prior to beginning physical activity to enable service users to feel ready to start their activity programme. Once participating in an activity programme ALBA staff will provide on-going support to keep motivated during the programme and help adapt to long term physical activity habits.
There is also an option to take part in some group activities to share and get support from others.
ALBA will provide a physical activity tracker which looks similar to a digital watch. It can be worn around the wrist or attached to a waist band like a pedometer. The tracker records the number of steps taken each day and is a great way to monitor physical activity levels. Your ALBA practitioner will provide support with using it.
Individuals can be referred to ALBA via:
- The existing Exercise Referral Schemes managed by the local Leisure Trust in West Lothian
- A health professional or organisation working in partnership with ALBA
For general enquiries or to refer a client: Please email ALBAWestLothian@samh.org.uk
To speak to one of our practitioners on the phone: Bryony Lang 07720947139 / Rachel Connor 07891690373
Working hours: Monday-Friday 9am-5pm