Get Set to Go

What is Get Set To Go?

We’re often told that physical exercise is good for us, but we understand that having a mental health problem can reduce our desire to get up and go, especially when we’re not well. Get Set to Go aims to remove the barriers to sport participation, so those of us with a mental health problem feel more confident about getting active and see it as an important part of a healthy lifestyle. Get Set To Go will provide you with the opportunity to experience a wide range of sporting or activity based ‘taster sessions’ to decide what sports and or activities you enjoy most.  Following on from the taster sessions, there will be an opportunity to complete a 12 week programme in a sport or activity of your choice. Both of these can be supported by a peer volunteer, either as part of a group or on a 1-1 basis.

Rushden Mind has been awarded funding by Sport England and the National Lottery to help people to try new sports and activities to help improve their physical and mental health. Through this work, Rushden Mind, working with our partners, is supporting people experiencing problems, such as depression and anxiety to build their confidence to join sports clubs, go to the gym or take up a new sports and activities. Rushden Mind is working in partnership with Northamptonshire Sport, East Northamptonshire Council, Freedom Leisure, Northampton Town Football in the Community Trust and England Netball. Further support is being provided by Northamptonshire County Council’s Public Health department.

Through the partnership, people will be able to experience a range of sporting and activity taster sessions, to see what they enjoy, before progressing onto 12-week programmes. As their confidence grows, they will be signposted to existing mainstream activities where they can continue enjoying sports and activities. Through the Mental Health Awareness for Sport and Physical Activity (MHASPA) training, which has been developed with UK Coaching, Peer Volunteers will be able to support people with mental health problems to become involved. Some funding will also be used to provide training for local physical activity providers to increase their knowledge and awareness about mental health.