for better mental health

Get Set to Go

Being active can change your life

Get Set to Go helps people find the physical activity that's right for them so that they are able to enjoy the physical, social and mental benefits of being active.

The programme is funded by Sport England, the National Lottery and our ‘On Your Side’ partnership with the English Football League (EFL).

On this page you will find:

  • details about the programme and how you can get involved
  • a list of our 19 Get Set to Go sites across England and Wales
  • volunteering opportunities
  • our Get Set to Go evaluation results.

How can I get involved in Get Set to Go?

  • If you live in one of the 19 areas (see below) where our local Minds offer Get Set to Go you can sign up and get support to increase your physical activity levels and find an activity you'll enjoy.
  • If you are already active you can get involved by supporting others as a peer volunteer (see below).
  • We're also providing training for the sport and leisure sector in these areas so they can make their services more welcoming to those of us with mental health problems.

Get Set to Go in your local area

Our Get Set to Go programme is delivered by 19 local Minds across England and Wales who are committed to helping people with mental health problems to get active. Contact them today to find out how you can get involved.

North West

North East

West Midlands

South Wales

Other areas

Can't find a Get Set to Go site in your area? You can try contacting your nearest local Mind to see if they offer any physical activity services.

More ideas

Still can’t find what you’re looking for? We have a whole webpage dedicated to people wanting to become more active. Take a look at our handy tips and tricks.

Volunteer in your area

We’re looking for volunteers across our 19 Get Set to Go areas who understand how sport and physical activity improves our mental and physical health. You’ll be able to use your own experiences to support people with mental health problems so they can also enjoy the benefits of being active. We’ll support and train you as a peer volunteer, which could be the first step of a new career in sport mentoring or peer support.

Use the contact details above to find out about volunteering opportunities at your local Mind.

"When you get little comments like “I wouldn’t have come to the gym if it wasn’t for you” it makes you [feel like] you’re doing something worthwhile."

Read our Get Set to Go evaluation results

With support from Sport England and the National Lottery, Get Set to Go has seen 3,585 people (and counting) with mental health problems take part in specially designed physical activity projects since 2015. Our evaluation worked with over 1,000 local and digital participants to track their progress, making this the largest ever study of its kind. Findings show that physical activity has an important role to play in building resilience, enabling and supporting mental health recovery and tackling stigma and discrimination.

  • The evaluation summary highlights key learnings from the two-year research project in an accessible report.
  • It also sets out our recommendations for how we can all better support people with mental health problems to get active.

Look at the findings

Find out more about Get Set to Go

The supportive nature of the Get Set to Go programme has helped many people with mental health problems to get active; it has changed lives!

This short film explores how the programme works, and what it means to the people who have taken part.

Other ways to get involved

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