Street fit Scotland is a not for profit Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation/Social Enterprise. We deliver a programme of Health, Fitness and Well-being that aims to reduce social isolation and loneliness for people who are living in all homeless accommodation or who have experienced homelessness or who are vulnerably housed. We include individuals who are in any type of recovery. We support anyone who has experienced issues around mental health, offending behaviors or Trauma. Street Fit Scotland is a social outlet that aims for people to be Street Fit for life! It provides a way back into the community, a way of re-integrating back into society.
We build positive relationships with each other and encourage our participants to do this with any service that they are engaged in to allow them to make the best of their situation and to get better results!
Street Fit Scotland has many aims but the overall aim is that the participants are put in the position where they are given an opportunity to change their lifestyle and take control over their mental and physical health. We offer the opportunity to engage in all of our sessions or just drop into 1 or 2 that suits the needs of the person at the time. We want people to be more active day to day and Street Fit for Life.
Michelle, the founder and CEO of Street Fit Scotland, recognised gaps within the homeless system/services when she started to take homeless people to a local gym through working in the homeless sector for over 20 years as a front-line worker.
Michelle realised that this was more than just engaging in physical fitness, they were making a positive lifestyle choice, at the same time re-integrating back into society. She went on to win a place on the then Social Innovation Incubator Award programme based at the Melting Pot (now Good Ideas) and developed Street Fit Scotland from there on in.
She then went on to win an award through speaking at the Senscot Ceilidh which gave coaching through the Social Enterprise Academy. In 2016 Michelle was then asked to speak at the Power of sport conference and the Homeless World Cup in Glasgow. She has given public presentations at many conferences and is now a finalist for the Great Scot 2017 Specsavers community champion award. Since 2016 Street Fit Scotland has been a registered charity and is currently funded by the Scottish Government (Legacy 2014).