Delivering a sport and physical activity service: A toolkit for mental health providers

This toolkit provides guidance and tips on selecting, funding, organising and promoting a sport and physical activity service. It shares learning and best practice from our Get Set to Go programme, and from other organisations using the power of sport to support mental health. It uses real examples and tested resources.

We have divided this toolkit into 12 guides, each covering a different topic so you can easily access the information you need.

You can download each guide in the toolkit section below, or download the entire toolkit here.



About our Get Set to Go programme

Being physically active is key to supporting your mental health. Research shows that being active can reduce your risk of depression by up to 30%. It can also reduce anxiety and stress, combat low mood and increase self-esteem.

That’s why we set up the Get Set to Go programme. Thanks to support from Sport England and the National Lottery, Get Set to Go is changing lives.

In the heart of communities, our local Minds are providing bespoke Get Set to Go sports programmes to get people moving. These programmes are removing the barriers to physical activity that people with mental health problems often face.

I’ve always loved football but never had the confidence to join a team. I went along to the Get Set to Go session full of anxiety, but they made me feel so welcome. I can’t begin to explain how much this programme has helped my confidence and self-esteem - Get Set to Go Participant.

The Toolkit

Guide 1: How can physical activity support mental health?

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Guide 2: How can providing a physical activity service add value to my organisation?

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Guide 3: How do I decide which type of physical activity service is right for my organisation? 

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Guide 4: How do I identify and engage my key stakeholders? 

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Guide 5: How do I demonstrate the impact of my physical activity service? 

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Guide 6: How do I engage participants in my service? 

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Guide 7: How do I engage volunteers? 

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Guide 8: What steps should I take when designing my sessions? 

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Guide 9: What are the safeguarding considerations I need to make? 

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Guide 10: How do I market my sessions? 

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Guide 11: How do I fund my sessions? 

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Guide 12: Support Mind can offer, plus some useful contact

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Entire toolkit

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