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Our Impact

Our innovative community-based exercise program is focused on people who are ‘marginal, high risk and hard to reach’ who often have concerning co-morbidity problems e.g. illicit drug and substance misuse, a diagnosis of mental health and/or offending behaviour. These adults have difficulties accessing, trusting and re-engaging with traditional services.

Listen to these personal stories and share in the positive difference Sporting Recovery makes to the unseen and unheard, and to the wider community.

By combining the insights from our client’s experiences with validated impact measurement and evaluation tools, we are now closer to evidencing the difference Sporting Recovery makes to the lives of vulnerable adult and their local community.

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Evaluation Tools

Well-being profile 

Post user surveys 

Soft Outcome RED 

Attends the programme infrequently, rarely joins in the activities and chooses not to socialise with others

Soft Outcome YELLOW 

Attends sessions without prompting but may not always participate in the activities or socialise with the group

Soft Outcome GREEN 

Attend sessions regularly, participates in activities, socialise with other participants and are willing to volunteer.

What People Say?​

"These weekly sessions were invaluable to the service users. It was always well attended and there were many regular clients who would attend every week, often arriving before staff."
Steve Bristow
Community Mental Health Nurse
"I have no doubt that this has been the singular most effective mental health project I have seen in my 30 years as a social worker and hope very much it returns very soon."
Vishnu Singh
Southwark, Social Worker
"the greatest success was the integration of a ‘revolving door’ service user who has been able to gain a qualification, reduce his medication and obtain full-time employment."
Dr Steve Church
NHS Consultant Psychiatrist (Adult MHS)
“I like Tai Chi because it motivates me and gets me moving. I also try out some of the moves at home” M. Travels from neighbouring Lewisham to Sporting Recovery
Client M
J says “I love playing football and making friends in a good environment”
Client J
K. Bought up in Southwark but now lives in West London. New to Sporting Recovery and loves playing football. Has missed just 1 of the last 7 weeks. He says “This is the first time in years that I have enjoyed being with other people. Its hard when you are seen in a negative light all the time but at Sporting Recovery I can be myself. I’m treated with respect. I feel positive and full of energy – I love it”
Client K
P. Has been attending Sporting Recovery for over 2 years and says “I look forward to Sporting Recovery as it gives structure to my week. Especially during Covid-19 when so many things have moved on-line. There is a relaxed atmosphere and people I can relate to. I like that it is multi-generational with people from diverse backgrounds. I particularly enjoy Tai Chi because I’m learning all the time and it is not a competitive environment”
Client P
"I have worked within Southwark as a SLAM OT for four years and have utilised the sporting recovery service to great benefit to the service user. Many of our clients find it very difficult to access mainstream gyms, and sports facilities and sporting recovery provided a safe and supportive environment that promotes exercise, social inclusion and healthy eating as well as reducing social isolation. Sporting recovery offers a range of activities throughout the afternoon that suit different needs and interests."

Case examples from 2019:

I have worked with a client who hears voices and reported that playing basketball weekly silences the voices during this activity and gives him short term alleviation from his symptoms.

A client who speaks very little English and has historically found it very difficult to access community groups because of this barrier, she now attends Tai Chi weekly. She feels very much part of the group, giving her a much more meaningful role and more active routine, which has been very challenging for her to develop.

Another client I work with has chronic back pain and was not leaving the house; she was welcomed into the gentle yoga session. She was supported to adapt some of the moves not to worsen the pain; she has now been attending for over a year, her back pain has lessened as have her negative symptoms as she is now actively engaged in meaningful occupation.
Southwark Occupational Therapist
I have worked with a client who hears voices and reported that playing basketball weekly silences the voices during this activity and gives him short term alleviation from his symptoms.

Client who speaks very little English and has historically found it very difficult to access community groups because of this barrier, she now attends Tai Chi weekly and feels very much part of the group, giving her a much more meaningful role and more active routine which has been very challenging for her to develop.

Another client I work with has chronic back pain and was not leaving the house, she was welcomed into the gentle yoga session and was supported to adapt some of the moves in order to not worsen the pain, she has now been attending for over a year, her back pain has lessened as have her negative symptoms as she is now actively engaged in a meaningful occupation.
Southwark Occupational Therapist

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