15 Nov

jogscotland wins funds to expand access & improve mental health

jogscotland, working in partnership with SAMH (Scottish Association for Mental Health), is to benefit from a two-year grant from the Changing Lives Fund. The funding will enable them to improve the number of people from black and minority ethnic (BME) communities participating in jogscotland programmes.

The new project, called Community Strides, will work in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Dundee and Aberdeen, helping people to improve their physical and mental health by being active.

The project will officially begin in the new year, but will build on the great work already achieved by jogscotland’s participation and communities specialists, Andrea Gavin and Laura Kirland, in recent months.

SAMH will be the lead partner in Community Strides, and the programme is one of just 17 to receive grants from the Changing Lives Fund: a partnership between the Scottish Government, sportscotland, the Robertson Trust and Spirit of 2012.

jogscotland already works closely with SAMH as partners, and are signatories to their Mental Health Charter for Physical Activity; they are now looking forward to collaborating further to improve the wellbeing of Scotland’s BME communities.

Membership development officer for jogscotland, Jo Stevens, said: “We’re so delighted that this grant will give us the chance to extend our reach into communities which are currently under-represented in our membership. Our partnership with SAMH is working brilliantly, and extending our work to help more people experience the physical and mental benefits of being active, is an exciting prospect.

“We’re grateful to the funders for recognising the value of jogscotland and SAMH’s work together, and look forward to collaborating to put this new initiative into place.”

Image: Jo Stevens signing the Charter on behalf of jogscotland