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Charity leisure management company, Soll Leisure, is excited to have successfully applied for Sport England’s Small Grant’s funding stream to support adults with mental health difficulties to lead healthier, more active lifestyles.

Sport England’s Small Grants uses Lottery funding to make awards of between £300 and £10,000 to not-for-profit organisations to help young people (aged 14+) and adults take on and keep a sporting habit for life. With 1 in 4 people experiencing mental health problems in the UK each year, the project will promote the positive benefits that physical activity can have in improving health and wellbeing.

The ‘Active Body and Mind’ programme received £3,594 in funding and will work in partnership with local mental health services SpeakUP CIC and MEGAN CIC to deliver the programme. Weekly exercise classes, a gym buddy scheme and peer support sessions will be available, helping all participants to enjoy the benefits to their physical and mental wellbeing.

Exercise classes will involve Health Walks, Circuits, Yoga and Studio Cycling, with a tea/coffee peer support sessions taking place after each class, led by SpeakUP CIC and MEGAN CIC. The Gym Buddy scheme provides an opportunity for participants to bring a friend or family member along to support them to be increase their physical activity levels.

Tracey Chapman, Executive Director at Medway Engagement Group & Network CIC (MEGAN) commented, “We are looking forward to working in partnership with Soll leisure as part of a new initiative that will benefit service users with mental health issues in Medway”.

Richard Claydon, Soll Leisure Community Development Manager, said, “We are delighted to receive Sport England funding to support adults with mental health difficulties to increase their physical activity. Being active is great for your physical health and fitness, and evidence shows that it can also improve your mental wellbeing. We are excited to get the project started and for local residents to benefit from improvements to their physical and mental wellbeing”

To book your place for the ‘Active Body and Mind’ project please contact us on , 01233 229909 (Ashford) or 01634 565349 (Chatham).


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