Hart awarded over £5,500 to support people with mental health conditions

Hart District Council is celebrating after being awarded £5,678 of National Lottery funding to help adults living with mental health conditions to become more physically active.

The grant, awarded through Sport England, will allow Hart District Council to work in partnership with Everyone Active Hart Leisure Centre and the Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust to deliver three 10-week physical activity courses for people who would like to be more active but who find the idea of exercise daunting.

Hart District Council works with a range of partner organisations to improve the health and wellbeing of communities. The courses will be delivered as part of the North East Hampshire & Farnham Recovery College, an NHS service designed to support people in their recovery. Participants will be supported by a fully qualified instructor and Recovery College Coach, to help them feel more confident to be active.

Speaking about the project Cllr Stuart Bailey, Portfolio Holder for Community, said: “We are delighted to have this opportunity to pilot this new course which has received an overwhelming response so far. In England, 1 in 6 people report experiencing a common mental health problem such as depression or anxiety in any given week and being active has been shown to improve mental health. Thank you to everyone who plays the National Lottery, we wouldn’t be able to do this without you.”

Luke Charlton, Everyone Active’s contract manager, said: “Everyone Active is so pleased to be launching this course in conjunction with our partner, Hart District Council.

“We are huge advocates of the role of physical activity plays in helping people to improve their overall health and wellbeing. It is extremely important that we all look after our mental health, and we’re delighted to be able to offer this level of support in the local area.”

For information about the Recovery College including how to enrol visit www.sabp.nhs.uk/our-services/recovery/recovery-college.

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