Winning the London Sportivate Project of the Year for Sole2Soul's work within NHS mental health services has been such a huge achievement and honour. We feel very proud and grateful to have had the opportunity to demonstrate just how significant a project like CANDI Sole2Soul is to it's service users. The project has gained incredible recognition from Sport England and London Sport and has enabled mental health service users to develop their confidence and interest in exercise, whilst providing numerous physical, social and psychological benefits.
Chris Anderson, Programme Manager for Youth Participation at London Sport, said:
“It has been a real pleasure to work with CANDI Sole2Soul over the past year, and their recognition as Sportivate Club of the Year for London is truly deserved. Sport has the power to make a real difference to people’s lives, and CANDI Sole2Soul are a great example of the role sport has to play in addressing the real issues faced by young Londoners.”
Through the evaluation of the project 96% of participants wanted to continue exercising and over 65% of participants rated a significant improvement in their mood following the sessions. This amazing result highlights the huge difference that could be made if exercise was offered as treatment option with the right support. We hope this is the beginning of something much bigger for the future of mental health services!
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