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:
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: