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News - April 2014

Funding boost for disability sport in Oxfordshire with Active Body, Healthy Mind


24/04/2014

People with Mental Health problems in Oxfordshire will have more opportunities to get involved in sport after Oxfordshire Sports Partnership received £262,928 of funding from Sport England’s Inclusive Sport fund.

The Active Body, Healthy Mind project is one of 44 across England that will benefit from £8.06 million of National Lottery investment from Sport England to open up more opportunities for disabled people to play sport.

One in four people in the UK will experience a mental health problem during their life and at any one time the figure is one in six people. In Oxfordshire that translates to 88,500 people. A significant proportion of those people have a mental health condition that has an effect on their day-to-day activity which lasts more than 12 months, which classes the condition as a disability.

The Oxfordshire Active Body, Healthy Mind project will help 1250 people with mental ill health take up a wide range of sports through one to one mentoring and group support. The project is led by the Oxfordshire Sports Partnership working with a consortium of mental health and other community organisations.

Chris Freeman, Managing Director of the Oxfordshire Sports Partnership, said:

Active Body, Healthy Mind is an example of the positive benefits we can bring to Oxfordshire with partnership working. It’s a fantastic opportunity to engage individuals with mental ill health in sport providing a wide range of sporting opportunities to increase participation in disability sport and make a positive impact on people’s lives.

Local mental health charity, Oxfordshire Mind, will be playing a leading role in the ‘Active Body, Healthy Mind’ partnership and will be hosting a Sports Coordinator to manage the project.

David Agnew, Head of Community Services for Oxfordshire Mind, said:

We’re delighted to be able to be part of this joint effort to help people improve their health, fitness and wellbeing. Our Sports Co-ordinator will be working with local communities to help people access new ways to exercise. With 1 in 4 people in Oxfordshire experiencing mental health problems, making it easier for everyone to boost their physical and mental health is a great way to help people get the support they need.


Sources:
http://www.oxfordshiresport.org/news/2014/04/gbp262928-boost-for-disability-sport-in-oxfordshire-with-active-body-healthy-mind

http://www.oxfordshire-mind.org.uk/news/active-body-health-mind-project-launched