Do you enjoy sport? Would you like to share your activity with someone else and help to improve their mental wellbeing?
Maybe you think getting more active will help improve your mental wellbeing, but need some support getting involved with a sport or activity?

Talking Matters Northumberland, with the support of Sport England lottery funding and Northumberland County Council, is providing an innovative mental health & wellbeing programme called ‘Being Active Matters’ for people in North and West Northumberland.

Why is this project needed?
Numerous studies have shown the beneficial effects of sport and exercise on mental wellbeing. Regular physical activity can improve mood, lift self-esteem and reduce stress. Very often people lack the confidence and motivation to make that first step, and that is where Being Active Matters comes in to offer invaluable support, to help connect volunteers and people who want to get more active.

How can you help?
We are looking for volunteers in Northumberland who can spare a few hours a week to act as a ‘buddy’ to support people who want to be more active. Whether you volunteer as an individual or as a sports/activity club member we will ‘buddy’ you with someone who wants to become more physically active in order to improve their mental wellbeing. Walking, running, visits to the gym or just kicking a ball around – the list is endless. If you have an activity you would like to share with someone else, we would like to talk to you about it. You can volunteer for as many or as few hours as you wish. Training will be provided.

To apply to be a volunteer, please visit our vacancies site and search for Vacancy ID 001442.

To find out more about Being Active Matters, please contact
Karen Renner on 07483326881 / KRenner@tmnorthumberland.org.uk if you’re in North Northumberland
Helen Brown on 07483991835 / HBrown@tmnorthumberland.org.uk if you’re in west Northumberland
(Both work Monday to Wednesday.)

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