Mental Health the Primary Focus as Football in the Community aims to get the Community Back Together | Active Minds

As Mansfield Town Football in the Community reopen its doors, the long running Community group are putting a big emphasis on improving Mental Health and Dementia Care with the return of the popular ‘Active Minds’ sessions on Friday [4th September].

Restrictions imposed by the Coronavirus Pandemic have had a huge impact on peoples Mental Health and wellbeing, with many feeling anxious about heading back out into the community and engaging with others.

The ‘Active Minds’ project has been running for two years and has had a proven positive impact on those facing a battle with Mental Health, or those living with or caring for something living with Dementia – with many sighting the relaxed, non-clinical feel of the sessions, has provided a better outlook on life.

Ran by Mansfield Town Football in the Community and supported by Nottinghamshire County Council and the Big Lottery Fund – the sessions run every Friday at the One Call Stadium, 10am to 12noon and are FREE for participants to attend.

Branching into two different activities, Active Minds ‘Chat’ offers a relaxed indoor session consisting of quizzes, bingo, games, history of the area talks and more and is aimed at those who find physical activity difficult and those living with, or caring for those living with, dementia – whilst Active Minds ‘Sport’ is for those wishing to get active through playing football, and improve their social skills and mental health.

Head of CCO Mark Hemingray said “We’re delighted to be offering our Active Minds sessions again – as more of more parts of life get back to normal as we emerge from lockdown, supporting people’s mental health and wellbeing is going to be massive.

“We already know that pre-pandemic our Active Minds sessions were helping to improve people’s well-being and particularly for those living with Dementia, having somewhere to go, some form of routine and a friendship report network is really important.

“Our staff have worked really hard to ensure that the sessions will be covid-safe and that participants who fall into that vulnerable bracket are kept safe, whilst simultaneously being able to enjoy mixing with friends and taking part in a range of activities designed, as ever, to make a positive difference to their life”

Active Minds sessions will run every Friday at the Football in the Community room, 10am to 12noon and will continue to be a drop in session. Anyone wishing to find out more information can contact Football in the Community on 01623 656 920, or email community@mansfieldtownfitc.net.

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