As mental health awareness grows, we all know that the benefits of sport and exercise are far greater than just the physical. Exercise is great for the mind and our mental health.
The Talking Matters Northumberland project, Being Active Matters works with sports clubs and physical activity providers in Tynedale, Allendale, Wooler, Alnwick, Craster, Warkworth and the surrounding areas to provide opportunities for people with mental health issues to become physically active.
If you are involved in a walking group, cycling club, yoga class, sports club, or any organisation that provides opportunities for people to be physically active and keep fit we would like to hear from you. Working with our trained volunteers, could you welcome and support people so they could participate in your sport or activity? By doing that, you can make a big difference to someones life, by improving their mental and physical well being.
Joining any new group can be difficult. Often people just need confidence, motivation and lots of encouragement to take part. Our project creates a ‘buddy scheme’ where individuals are helped and supported to join in. Working with you, we will create opportunities and remove the barriers, real or perceived, that can prevent people from taking part.
If you want to be involved you will be provided with free mental health awareness training that is Sport England approved and has been specifically developed for sports clubs and activity providers.
This exciting project is a partnership between Talking Matters Northumberland, who provide the county’s NHS funded mental health Talking Therapy Service and Active Northumberland. If you are a club, organisation, activity provider or just an informal group and would like to know more please get in touch with Kathie Keady, Sports Development Manager at Active Northumberland (firstname.lastname@example.org) or our Volunteer Supporter Champion Gordon Allen (email@example.com).