Virtual Social Group launched to keep the Community connected

With lockdown continuing across the UK, Mansfield Town Football in the Community are aware that participants are missing the social element of activities as much as the activity itself, and as such, are delighted to be launching a ‘Stay Home Social’ group.

The group is designed to help improve mental health and wellbeing, with many struggling to find ways to keep socially engaged during these unprecedented times.

In particular, we are targeting those who attend our Over 45s Walking Football, and Active Minds sessions with a total of 87% of combined participants stating that the social element of the activity was the main reason for attending, during a survey undertaken earlier this year.

The group is open to anyone (aged 18 and over) who may be feeling isolated, struggling with lockdown, or just generally wanting to socialise and talk to new people – and will take place via Zoom meetings at 6pm on Wednesday’s, using the meeting ID 682-613-3004.

Please use the following link to join the meeting https://zoom.us/j/6826133004 which, following a successful trial with members of our Walking Football squad, will include a variety of quizzes, challenges and more.

Media & Communications Officer Craig Priest said “Zoom meetings are a great way to stay connected with one and other and it makes perfect sense for us to do our bit for the wider community and host a range of virtual activities using the technology and resource available to us.

“Lockdown is extremely challenging mentally and has completely wiped out the ability for people to attend a variety of activities which provide them a much needed platform to socialise, in particular members of our Walking Football and Active Minds group.

“I’m really excited about launching this group and seeing who logs in to take part, it will very much have the ethos and values of both Active Minds and Walking Football which is that everybody is welcome and that the session(s) are inclusive and interactive.

“We want to put smiles back on people’s faces and remind people that whilst we may be distanced, we can still all be together and there for each other”

Anyone struggling with mental health during lockdown can find helpful resources and contact numbers through the Premier League’s #StayWell hub or via the EFL’s official charity partner, MIND.

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