Join a Get Set to Go group

Get Set to Go can help you find the physical activity that's right for you and help you stick at it for long enough so you can feel the physical, social and mental benefits of being active.

The programme is supported by Sport England and the National Lottery.

Get Set to Go works in a number of ways:

  • If you live in one of the eight areas (see below) where our local Minds offer Get Set to Go you can sign up to get free support to increase your physical activity levels and find an activity you'll enjoy.
  • If you're active already you can get involved by supporting others as a volunteer peer navigator (see below).
  • We're also providing training for the sport and leisure sector in these areas so they can make their services more welcoming if you have a mental health problem.
  • If you live outside one of the eight Get Set to Go areas you can still get support by joining our Elefriends community. It's a safe and supportive online community where you can share 'being active' advice and tips.  

Get Set to Go in Brent

This short film shows how we're helping people with mental health problems get active in Brent.

Tempted? If you live near one of our eight projects (see below) and fancy giving it a try please get in contact, we'd love to hear from you.      

Get Set to Go in your area

Since spring 2015, local Minds in the following eight areas have been running Get Set to Go to help people get active through sport - contact them today to find out how you can get involved.   

North East

Middlesbrough and Stockton
Middlesbrough and Stockton Mind is welcoming anyone with a mental health problem aged 18 or over.

Tyneside and Northumberland
Tyneside and Northumberland kick-start their programme on 18 July for people living across Tyneside. Check online for latest events for details.

North West

Rochdale Mind launched their programme in May to people living in the city and neighbouring districts.

Lancashire Mind's programme starts in Blackpool in July, with sessions planned other parts of the county to follow.

West Midlands

Dudley Mind is running weekly sport groups and monthly taster sessions for local people with mental health problems who want to try a sport.

Herefordshire Mind's programme started in July with weekly taster sessions in Hereford. People living in other towns will be able to join as the programme rolls out. Special countryside running sessions will also be an option for those living in rural areas.


Brent Mind has been busy providing taster sessions for a number of sports at locations across the London borough. The programme officially launched in June.

Building upon their successful Active Minds programme, Mind in Croydon is offering a range of Get Set to Go sessions.

Other areas

Once the programme becomes established we plan to make it available in other areas. You can also contact your local Mind to see if they offer something similar. 


If you can't join a Get Set to Go project and need some support and motivation our Elefriends online community can help you. It's a safe supportive space where you be yourself and link up with others who are just starting out.  

Help others Get Set to Go

Can you spare some time to help people increase their physical activity levels?

We’re looking for volunteers in our Get Set to Go areas (see above) 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.

You’ll need to be able to establish good relationships with people from different backgrounds and have experience of a mental health problem – either personally or from a close friend or relative. 

We’ll support and train you as one of our volunteer Peer Navigators, 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.


How sport can help people with mental health problems

This film was produced by Sport England and features Mind in Croydon's Active Minds programme and Sport in Mind (an independent mental health sport charity in Berkshire).

Mental Health A-Z

Information and advice on a huge range of mental health topics

> Read our A-Z


Helping you to better understand and support people with mental health problems

> Find out more

Special offers

Check out our promotional offers on print and digital booklets, for a limited time only

> Visit our shop today