What is NERS?
NERS is a Welsh Assembly Government initiative to promote
physical activity in those people who are currently inactive or who
have certain medical conditions. NERS stands for National
Exercise Referral Scheme.
What is exercise referral?
Your doctor or health professional may believe that you would
benefit from being more physically active. In order to support you
in building more activity into your life you may wish to
participate in the exercise referral programme. As part of this
programme, you will be invited to participate in a number of
supervised exercise sessions in Neath Port Talbot.
What activities are available and what is the cost?
It is recognised that not everybody feels comfortable in
traditional gymnasiums. Therefore in order to ensure a wide appeal
this scheme will offer a variety of activities in a number of
Each programme of activity will be designed to suit the
individual patient’s needs and will always be supervised by a NERS
instructor. All personal information provided to NERS instructors
will be treated in the strictest confidence. Cost of each session
How Will it help me?
Exercise has been shown to improve people’s health in many ways.
For Example, it reduces the risk of heart Disease, lowers blood
pressure, and helps weight loss. It can also help to reduce stress,
anxiety and depression, therefore enhancing the participants
feeling of well being.
How Much Physical activity will I be doing?
The NERS scheme will provide an opportunity to experience a
minimum of two activity sessions each week.
What will the programme consist of?
Once in the exercise programme, you will be contacted by a
specially trained exercise professional who will invite you for a
consultation. At this consultation the professional will find out a
bit more about your health history and help select a programme of
exercise that is suitable for you, classes that will be fun and
help improve your health. You will be able to access a wide range
of opportunities and these will be available to you for the 16
weeks of the programme. After 16 weeks, you will again meet with
the exercise professional to help agree a plan for continuing to
How can I access the scheme?
Simply visit your GP or other health professional who should be
able to provide you with the relevant information. Or alternatively
contact the Programme Coordinators:
NERS Project Co-ordinators:
Lisa Jones / Claire Jones
Tel: 01639 861144
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org /