Volunteers needed for new buddy scheme

Could you be a volunteer?

As mental health awareness grows, we all know that the benefits of sport and exercise are far greater than just physical. Exercise is also great for the mind and our mental health.

Volunteers in Northumberland are being encouraged to take part in an exciting project called 'Being Active Matters,' funded by Sport England and Northumberland County Council. The project is looking for people in this area to become volunteers to support people with mental health considerations to become physically active.

Some people just need confidence and motivation to take part in an activity, and this project will create a 'buddy scheme' where volunteers will be matched to someone who needs support. It will also invite sports clubs and organisations to learn how they, as a club, can be more supportive.

Whether it be a walk, trip to the gym, game of hockey or recreational game of badminton, 'Being Active Matters' is hoping to create as many opportunities as possible. Can you share your activity with someone else?

Training will be provided and you can volunteer for as many hours as you can give, in an activity of your choice. This is a very rewarding volunteering opportunity and is flexible - you are in control of the activity you can support and the times that you are available.

Interested? What more information?

Please contact: krenner@tmnorthumberland.org.uk (Alnwick area) or
hbrown@tmnorthumberland.org.uk (Hexham area) for more details.

Please note: Being Active Matters is kindly funded by Sport England and Northumberland County Council. It is led by Talking Matters Northumberland, a partnership between Mental Health Matters, Sunderland Counselling Service and Efficacy, and supported by Active Northumberland.

21 Mar 2018