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.
Physical Activity. Sport. and Mental Health tips
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.
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.
Everyone taking part in the project must complete parts 1-3 of the form 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 risk of physical harm or injury to you during the project.
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, at the address below.
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.
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
(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
Tyne & Wear
Telephone: 0191 4774545 Mobile: 07496727664 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org