Here at Wycombe Wanderers Sports & Education Trust, we strive to help our community and understand the huge demand for mental health recovery and prevention projects. We have been working closely with Buckinghamshire Recovery College and Bucks Mind, together we have set up two sessions; a weekly walking group and an innovative session merging mental health learning’s whilst getting more active.
Every Tuesday from 11am-1pm, we always meet at the same place, at Wycombe Lido, just by the car park just a little way up from the Tennis Courts.
This walk gives people the opportunity to meet a friendly group of people who are all on a recovery journey, the walk helps to keep people active and walk and talk with people who can support them. It is a very relaxed environment and we even stop for a cup of tea on the way around.
Exercising your Mental Health
We wanted to diversify how Mental Health Recovery was being taught and increase peoples physical well-being all in one session. Utilising exercise as a way of teaching and discussing mental health topics, such as self-esteem, anxiety, inner critic, self-acceptance and motivation & change. By taking the sessions out of the classroom we feel this helps to boost morale and re-introduce our students to gentle exercise which they may not have done in quite some time. We are every fortunate that the Heart of Bucks funded us to deliver 8 blocks of these sessions, so a big thanks to them!
Over the past few courses we have delivered we have received the following feedback:
“Extremely helpful – made me think differently when given tasks in the sessions”
“Sam came up with innovative ideas to help us understand and question our thoughts/ behaviours and really helped in a supportive group. Also to be active whilst doing tasks I found much better than just sitting discussing feelings”
“Working with a supportive group has been a great benefit”
“Great opportunity to move around and engage in conversation about a particular activity. Sage space to feel comfortable sharing information”
“Great activity for a Monday – leave the sessions feeling ready to continue my day”
“I thought this was a fantastic course and one of the best I’ve taken with the recovery college. Thank you for this course it was great. Keep them going.”
These sessions take place over a 6-week block, if you are interested in hearing more please contact Sam Parker on firstname.lastname@example.org.