Yorkshire Sport Foundation (YSF) is pleased to be one of nine new Mind Regional Network hubs, and will work collaboratively with North Yorkshire Sport and Active Humber to help more people with mental health problems engage with physical activity across the region.
The network will connect local organisations across the physical activity, mental health and charity sectors throughout Yorkshire, aiming to provide them with the skills and knowledge to be more inclusive for people with mental health problems.
The network will offer training, toolkits and resources, as well as providing a platform for networking and sharing best practice to build stronger relationship between organisations.
Every Regional Network will be led by a Hub (lead organisation), with one based in each of the nine English government regions. They will receive support and funding from Mind until March 31 2021.
Hubs will have autonomy and responsibility for designing, delivering and implementing their Regional Network. Each Hub will aim to engage and support at least 70 organisations in their region and upskill 160 people such as coaches, volunteers and staff in mental health awareness.
Being physically active is beneficial to everyone, however it is particularly important for people with severe and enduring mental health problems.
Nigel Harrison, Chief Executive of Yorkshire Sport Foundation, added: “There are a number of organisations across Yorkshire and the Humber doing lots of great things to support people with poor mental health. It’s our role as the Hub for the Regional Network to connect those organisations with each other to support individuals who stand to benefit most from physical activity.
“This is a really exciting opportunity to bring together different sectors to work towards a common goal, and we welcome anyone interested to get in touch.”
David Watson, CEO of North Yorkshire Sport added: “North Yorkshire Sport, Yorkshire Sport Foundation and Active Humber are working closely to form the regional network and bring together a range of partners from across the region who have an interest in the mental health and physical wellbeing of individuals. We are looking forward to supporting and helping drive the work of the hub to help showcase the amazing work already happening and stimulate new activity where there is a clear need.
“Mental health is a priority for us and many organisations across Yorkshire and the Humber,” said David Gent, CEO of Active Humber.
“The network is a fantastic opportunity to bring those organisations together and collectively maximise the benefits of physical activity that can support and improve a person’s mental health.
A first meeting of the Yorkshire Mind Regional Network is scheduled for March 2020, and those interested in getting involved can do so by filling in the expression of interest form on our website.