SOLIHULL Moors have announced a partnership with Virgin Trains and Solihull Mind to tackle health and wellbeing in the local area.
A six-month programme of football sessions are aimed at being all-inclusive for men and women of all ages who are affected by various mental health issues.
Becci Fox, disability and community manager at the Moors, has talked up the importance of establishing a ploy to confront the subject of mental health in the community with a brand such as Virgin Trains.
“Solihull Moors is more than just a football club, and in Virgin Trains we have found a partner who shares our vision of working with the local community.
“With their support, we’ve been able to work with Solihull Mind to deliver bespoke training sessions for people suffering from poor mental health who perhaps might not have the confidence to speak about their problems in a more formal setting.”
Initial sessions so far have attracted around 20 people each week, with feedback being very positive for the scheme.
Sessions take place between 1:30pm and 3:30pm every Friday in Knowle, further details are available by calling Solihull Mind on 0121 742 4941.
Players have praised the element of team building, acting as an escape from individual mental health conditions, and improve communication about their wellbeing.
Community Manager at Virgin Trains, Jo Buckley, spoke about the profound effect mental health has on tens of millions of people in the UK, and revealed her delight at being able to forge the partnership with Solihull Moors.
“Mental Health is an issue that touches on everyone’s life.
“The facts speak for themselves: one in four adults and one in ten children are likely to have a mental health problem in any year.
“Through raised awareness our aim is to be able to help customers, employees, friends and family members alike to recognise symptoms and to protect and maintain their mental health.
“That’s why we jumped at the chance to work with Solihull Moors and Solihull Mind on such a rewarding project.”
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