Soll Leisure's funded 'Active Body & Mind' project is in full swing at Park Club Chatham and Ashford, Kent. The project came about after successfully applying for Sport England’s Small Grant’s funding stream, with the aim of the project 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’ project is working in partnership with local mental health services SpeakUP CIC and MEGAN CIC to deliver the programme, that consists of weekly exercise classes, a gym buddy scheme and peer support sessions, 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 increase their physical activity levels.
So far the participants are thoroughly enjoying the sessions, commenting:
“I love coming here. I love a workout and I like getting on with people, everyone is really friendly.”
“It gets you motivated, it’s great.”
“It gives me something to do – to focus on other things and not just my depression.”