The Positive Pilgrims project has been created to engage adults and children who experience mental health issues in Lincolnshire by using the power of sport and the Boston United Football Club brand to create exciting pathways into training, volunteering and employment.
The Positive Pilgrims project also aims to improve social inclusion and wellbeing for people with mental health difficulties, as well as tackling discrimination and stigma.
Working in partnership with organisations such as Lincolnshire Partnership Foundation Trust, CAMHS and Spurgeons, we hold weekly sport and physical activity sessions in the area to raise participants’ physical activity levels in a fun and friendly environment.
Through these sessions, children have the opportunity to gain Sports Leader UK qualifications and for those aged 14+, they have the opportunity to volunteer within our own community programme. We have also partnered with TaylorITEX CIC, who deliver a series of work based and volunteer opportunity related courses, to help encourage adults who may have not enrolled on to courses in conventional adult education settings.
A number of voluntary posts have been created within the Boston United umbrella and along with other partner organisation’s to allow participants to have the opportunity to gain the necessary confidence and skills to return to a working environment.
Research has demonstrated the positive impacts of regular exercise for people suffering with mental health problems, and we have recently received funding from the Mental Health Promotion Fund to extend our successful Positive Pilgrims Programme. Positive Pilgrims aims to develop confidence, self esteem, sense of belonging, health and wellbeing, and will increase social acceptance and interaction through various sports sessions. Qualified coaches who have undergone enhanced CRB checks and are fully First Aid trained will lead various football and multisport sessions.
To be involved, you or someone you care for have to have had some experience of mental ill health. For more information, please contact Lewis Wright on 01205 364406 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.