The National Get Set to Go project aimed 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 have been one of the eight regional Mind organisations to have been successful at receiving the Get Set to Go project funding! We have now proved 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 aimed 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 has helped to overcome the barriers someone with a mental health issue may face when wanting to become more physically active.
Results are in - Get Set to Go's benefits scientifically proven!
We are delighted to celebrate the final research results with you and to share the findings of the largest ever international study on the impact of using a peer support model to help people with mental health problems get active.
Our findings showed that:
- Providing a supportive environment to help people get active can change lives, with participants telling us the programme had improved their resilience and ability to cope.
- The social element of Get Set to Go was key, with the shared lived experience of mental health problems helping participants feel like they had more support available to them.
- People who were regularly physically active experienced better wellbeing, contributing to a growing understanding of the impact getting active can have on mental health.
Please explore the Get Set to Go evaluation report on our webpage at mind.org.uk/GSTGresults
We also wanted to share the short film starring some of our participants, volunteers and Sports Coordinator which was screened at our celebration event in the Olympic Park, London. You can now find this on our YouTube channel here.
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 could receive 1-2-1 support for a short period of time to help them feel more confident and overcome the barriers that prevent their engagement to use mainstream sport and leisure facilities.
How to access Get Set to Go
Please contact the Sports Co-ordinator for further details.
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
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
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 our specific training opportunity, please contact your local Tyneside & Northumberland Mind Sports Coordinator:
Andrew Cowan- Get Set to Go Sports Coordinator
Tyneside and Northumberland Mind
Tyne & Wear
Telephone: 0191 4774545 Mobile: 07496727664 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org