Sport In Mind
Health and Wellness Hub have partnered with Sport In Mind, all with the intention of spreading awareness to those suffering with their mental health. Both of us believe that staying active will not only help physical health but more importantly our mental health as well. Please do keep your eyes peeled for fundraising events in the near future, which may include fitness challenges and team building activities. We must prioritise our health and we will do anything we can to help.
Look below to find out more about 'Sport In Mind'.
Who are Sport in Mind?
Sport in Mind is an independent multi-award-winning mental health charity that was formed in Reading, Berkshire in 2010 with a simple mission:
"To improve the lives of people experiencing mental health problems through sport and physical activity"
We are the UK’s leading mental health sports charity and deliver physical activity (sport, walking, dance and movement, gardening and exercise sessions) projects in partnership with the amazing NHS in order to aid recovery, promote mental wellbeing, improve physical health, combat social isolation and empower people to move their lives forward in a positive direction.
Who do Sport in Mind work with?
Sport in Mind provide sport and exercise sessions for adults experiencing mental health problems. These sessions are open to all abilities, operate on a relaxed drop-in basis, and we provide all of the equipment.
Our aim is to remove the barriers to exercise and enable people who are experiencing mental health problems to be able to raise their awareness of the positive relationship between physical health and mental health – and access sport and exercise sessions which are supportive, safe, and welcoming to aid their recovery.
Where do Sport in Mind operate?
We started in Reading, Berkshire in 2011 – but have since grown to offer our session across large parts of the South East of England. We hope that by 2022 we will be able to provide our sessions to more of England and across Wales.
What was your biggest challenge last year?
Without a doubt, our biggest challenge has been not delivering our usual sessions. We have adapted the way we engage individuals and began sending out activity packs and bullet journals designed to help people stay active and recognise the benefits of regular exercise. The team have worked incredibly hard to support people experiencing mental health problems in the absence of our regular sessions and we have our fingers crossed that we are on the way back to normality!
What have you learned over the last year?
We have learnt that the need for human interaction is greater than ever. Sport is a brilliant natural icebreaker, with a lot of opportunities for encouragement and praise - we are really excited to deliver our activities again and play a role in helping people make friends, have fun, and enjoy sport and exercise!
What has been your biggest creative triumph as an organisation?
I'd say it is the way we deliver our sessions. Our ethos of delivery has never changed and is focused on the individual and their needs - if someone wants to attend one of our sessions, they are free to do so without pressure, judgement, or barriers. Attendees at our sessions know that Sport in Mind staff, coaches, and volunteers will be friendly, encouraging, and welcoming and make sure they are getting support they need to fully engage in the session - and feel the benefits of physical activity on their mental health, of course!
What are you most looking forward to in the year ahead?
Delivering sessions again! We are passionate about providing fun, safe, and welcoming sessions for people experiencing mental health problems and it will be such a great feeling to see a wider range of activities and more engagement. It has been a long while, and we can't wait to get started!
How can people connect with you and support what you're doing?
I'd recommend going to our website www.sportinmind.org - there you will be able to find information about which sessions are running, volunteering and fundraising opportunities, and about which exciting campaigns we have coming up! We can also be contacted via social media @sportinmind via email firstname.lastname@example.org by phone 07341267740