We’re currently in Mental Health Awareness Week 2021, making it the perfect time to learn more about some of the activities the AFC Bournemouth Community Sports Trust offer surrounding mental health.
Running from 10th to the 16th May, this year people are being asked to immerse themselves in the ‘5 Ways to Wellbeing’ as they connect with nature across the week.
The Cherries’ Community Sports Trust also have a number of programmes that could be of interest to fans or their families to get involved with as we all focus on our mental health after what’s been a difficult year for many people.
Talking Cherries is a partnership with a fan-led support group, offering fortnightly online calls where people can come together to talk or just listen.
The group are always looking to reach out and help and you can engage with them via the Talking Cherries social media pages and find out how you could get involved.
Talking Cherries’ next meeting is set to take place on Thursday 20th May and the group also offers fortnightly walk and talk sessions, meeting up with other members of the group to get outside and go for some leisurely exercise.
SPORT & SOCIAL
The Trust’s Sport & Social group meet up for twice weekly football sessions at Vitality Stadium for anyone aged 16+ who has experienced any mental health difficulty.
The sessions are held in partnership with Dorset Mental Health Forum and are a great was to get active while also meeting and getting the chance to talk with new people.
Get involved: Email [email protected] for more information and to sign up for a session.
MENTalk is a cancer support group held in partnership with Wessex Cancer Trust.
The Trust offer online support sessions three times a week for men who have been affected by cancer to come together and talk and share their experiences.
Get involved: Facebook group
SCHOOL PSHE WORKSHOPS
The Trust go into schools in the local area and run a series of PSHE workshops for students with a specific focus on mental health.
The sessions are tailored to suit primary and secondary education and help young people recognise the signs of struggling with mental health, as well as thinking about activities and things we can do to help improve our mental health and also the people around us.
Get involved: If you’d like to get involved in any Community Sports Trust activity, or would like more information contact head of the Community Sports Trust Steve Cuss on [email protected], or 07973 893594.