The general landscape around Mansfield may be miserable today with a cold torrential rain sweeping across the area, but that didn’t stop Mansfield Town Football in the Community from injecting some warmth and smiles into the areas residents today, providing indoor activities to participants at the Jigsaw Support Group.
Jigsaw Support Group support those living with mental health illness’, dementia and tackling social isolation and asked Football in the Community to extend their ‘Active Minds’ program to visit their venue.
Disability Inclusion Officer Macauley Short said “Active Minds has been a real success at the One Call Stadium and today’s session at Jigsaw in Mansfield has gone down a storm, and we’ve seen the same happy and engaged reactions from the participants at Jigsaw as we do on Friday’s [At the One Call Stadium].
“The group who attended Jigsaw today face social isolation and it can be difficult for them to visit new, unfamiliar places, without support which is why we felt it important to offer our services off-site so that the participants can feel included and meet new people, hopefully feeling comfortable enough to come and join our Friday sessions.”
The hour long session saw participants take on lateral thinking based tasks, including a team based building challenge – to build the biggest self-supporting tower to hold the weight of a bouncy ball for two minutes.
Speaking of the activities, Macauley added “The guys really loved the tasks, they helped to bring out that competitiveness, but also the communication as everyone needed to work together in order to win”
Mansfield Town Football in the Community’s Active Minds sessions run every Friday at the One Call Stadium, 10am to 12noon – any group or organisation who are interested in FITC coming to deliver ‘Active Minds’ off-side, should contact Community Manager Gary Shaw, on 01623 656 920 or email firstname.lastname@example.org