Keeping Positive with United in the Community’s Positive Pilgrims
21st January 2015
United in the Community, part of Boston United Football Club, have extended their successful Positive Pilgrims programme thanks to funding from the Mental Health Promotion fund, which is administered through Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.
United in the Community now offer a variety of free sports sessions through their Positive Pilgrims programme to people with mental health problems throughout the East Lindsey and South Holland districts. They hold weekly sport sessions in Boston, Kirton, Spilsby, Spalding, Mablethorpe and Louth including football, multi sports and gym fitness, which are designed for males and females over 16 years who have had experience with a mental health problem.
The sessions are an alternative to therapy where the individuals can come in to a safe environment and engage in sporting activities with others whilst also improving their overall general health and fitness. Qualified coaches who have undergone enhanced DBS checks, and who are fully first aid trained lead all of the sessions.
“The aim of projects supported by the Mental Health Promotion Fund is to give people a choice of activities that they would like to get involved in, depending on what they feel will help them manage their mental health better. United in the Community does exactly that” says Sophie Deeks, Community Support Networks Coordinator, Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.
“Research has demonstrated the positive impacts of regular exercise for people suffering with mental health problems, and our Positive Pilgrims programme aims to develop confidence, self-esteem, health and wellbeing as well as a sense of belonging. They are also to help increase social acceptance and interaction through various sports sessions. The programme has been a great success, so it’s a huge accolade that we are able to extend the areas we can hold sessions so we can help more people who suffer from mental health,” says Lewis Wright, United in the Community’s Inclusion officer.