The National Get Set to Go project aims to improve the lives of 75,000 people with mental health problems by sustaining access to sport in their communities, with thanks to support from Sport England and the National Lottery. Here at Tyneside & Northumberland Mind we are proud to be one of the eight regional Mind organisations to be successful at receiving the Get Set to Go project funding! There is good evidence that participating in physical activity is associated with the following benefits:

  • Improved mental health and wellbeing
  • Reduction in stress, anxiety and depression
  • More energy for day to day activities
  • Improved confidence, motivation and self-esteem
  • Weight loss, improved body shape and posture
  • Improved social life, meeting new people and having some fun!

The Get Set to Go project aims to improve the quality of life for adults with a mental health problem through sustained access to sport and physical activity in their local community. Taking part in any form of exercise that you enjoy can give you goals to achieve and a sense of purpose. The project seeks to help overcome the barriers someone with a mental health issue may face when wanting to become more physically active.

Your local Mind Sports Coordinator and Peer Navigator volunteers in Tyneside will support local people to identify the right activity for them - they will also work to educate sport sector partners to help remove the barriers and stigma that people living with mental health problems can face.

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Who is Get Set to Go for

Get Set to Go is accessible to adults aged 18+ living across Tyneside, specifically Gateshead, Newcastle, North Tyneside & South Tyneside.

  • Want to use activity and sport as a means of improving their physical, mental health and wellbeing
  • Find starting something new difficult
  • Lack the motivation or confidence to participate
  • Don’t know what’s available locally or how to access it
  • May need someone to support them to attend. They will receive 1-2-1 support to help them feel more confident and overcome the barriers that prevent their engagement to use mainstream sport and leisure facilities.

Get Set to Go in the North East

Tyneside and Northumberland Mind (Sports Coordinator- Andrew Cowan)

Middlesbrough and Stockton Mind (Sports Coordinator- Andy Birks)

These local Mind locations in the North East have been identified as having higher than average numbers of people with mental health problems and populations with higher levels of physical inactivity.

How to access Get Set to Go


You can refer yourself to the project but if you don’t have the confidence yet or need support you could ask someone like a family member/friend, your doctor or mental health support professional to help you complete the referral form. You can ask for help at any time to complete this form.

It is essential that everyone taking part in the project completes at least Parts 1-3 prior to starting; parts 1 and 2 ask for main contact information, part 3 will ask a number of questions about your current health to help reduce physical harm or injury to you during the project.

Part 4 asks questions about your current physical activity and wellbeing and is a voluntary section. It will only be used by the research team at the Institute of Health and Wellbeing at the University of Northampton, to evaluate the Get Set to Go project. Your willingness to complete this section is greatly appreciated and you can have the satisfaction of knowing that you have contributed to research on a sport and physical activity project at a national level and help others in the future.

Your Peer Navigator could also help you complete this part at a later stage if you have any concerns.

Please complete as much of the Participant referral form as you are capable of and return it to the Sports Coordinator at Tyneside & Northumberland Mind.

PLEASE NOTE: At busy times during the project, there may be a waiting time to be seen by the Sports Co-ordianator or for allocation of a Peer Navigator.

How does Get Set to Go work?

Following receipt of the participant referral form with confirmation signed that they have been given the all clear from their doctor to engage in physical activity, a Peer Navigator volunteer will arrange to meet with the participant and explore which sports they are interested in and suggest activities they may not have previously considered.

  • Together, they will complete a personal ‘Training Plan’ booklet to keep a record of their support and help them find something that fits in with their abilities, interests and schedule.
  • Explore if they would like to do something on their own or if they would prefer a structured activity, maybe in a group or a team sport.
  • Peer Navigators will help participants to access mainstream sport and leisure facilities so they can sustain their participation once the support has ended.

We aim to host taster sessions with help from local sports providers so participants can try different things. There is such a broad range of sports to choose from in the Sport England list of sports Governing Bodies; there really is something for everyone, from yoga to netball, basketball to boxing, running to fencing, only limited by your imagination!

Training for sports providers and partners

We have developed a bespoke mental health training package for sports sector partners, helping to improve awareness and reduce stigma around a range of mental health issues which can act as a barrier to participation. This training will benefit coaches, activity delivery workers, and managers.

If you or your organisation are interested in signing up for the training, please contact the Sports Co-ordinator or click the link below for more information. There is a fee for this training so please discuss your training needs for prices.

Mental Health and Physical Activity Awareness Training

Tyneside and Northumberland Mind also have a range of existing mental health training courses available. For more information, contact the Training Officer

Additional support network

Participants will also have access and help from Mind’s award winning online peer support community- Elefriends. For more information and to sign up, click the following link: EleFriends

Peer Navigators

If you or anyone else you know would like to apply to become a volunteer Peer Navigator and guide those referred to this exciting project into physical activity, please forward this information through your networks and complete the Peer Navigator application form using the Peer Navigator role specification as a guide to help you.

Please download the documents from this page and return them via the email or postal address below. Alternatively, please contact the Sports Coordinator to request paper copies of either document.

(Please note we are not recruiting for volunteers at the moment. Check our volunteer section  for new voluntary opportunities).

If you have any questions about the project, to offer your services as a sports provider, to let us know of sports sessions and events in your area or would just like to talk about a specific referral, training or voluntary opportunity, please contact your local Tyneside & Northumberland Mind Sports Coordinator:

Andrew Cowan- Get Set to Go Sports Coordinator
Tyneside and Northumberland Mind
Wellbeing Centre
Dunsmuir Grove
Tyne & Wear
Telephone: 0191 4774545 Mobile: 07496727664 Email:

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  • Find out more about Get Set to Go

    If you have any questions about the project, to offer your services as a sports provider, to let us know of sports sessions and events in your area or would just like to talk about a specific referral, training or voluntary opportunity, please contact your local Tyneside & Northumberland Mind Sports Coordinator:

    Andrew Cowan

    Get Set to Go Sports Coordinator
    Tyneside and Northumberland Mind, Wellbeing Centre

    0191 4774545 Mobile: 07496727664


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