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What is our impact

Our Impact

Our innovative community-based exercise program is focused on people who experience multiple disadvantages including, poverty, unemployment, discrimination and stigma. They often have additional challenges such as a serious mental health diagnosis, substance misuse 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 individuals who are often unseen and unheard, in the wider community.

By combining the insights from our client’s experiences with validated impact measurement and evaluation tools, we can further evidence the difference Sporting Recovery is making to the lives of a vulnerable adult and their local community.

What is our impact

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.

“I like Tai Chi because it motivates me and gets me moving. I also try out some of the moves at home”

Client M

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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 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. She feels very much part of the group, giving her a much more meaningful role and more active routine, which has been 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 not to worsen the pain. She has now been attending for over a year. Her back pain has lessened, as she has negative symptoms as she is now actively engaged in meaningful occupation.
Southwark Occupational Therapist
“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. It is 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 two 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 online. There are 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 am an inpatient OT at the Maudsley, and I had noticed there was a real gap in physical exercise programs for inpatients, especially during covid, so I decided to get in touch with SR to see if they would be happy for inpatient SU to join. They were more than welcoming and made the referral process so easy and accessible.”

“I had one SU referred to me whose main struggle was with routine, meaningful activities and boredom. He had no direction or meaning to his life and engaged in risky activities before joining SR. He engaged in football at SR over 10 weeks of his admission, and the change the ward saw in his wellbeing, motivation, and energy was incredible. He was described several times as a “new man.” He would be ready for football every week and showed improvement in several areas throughout his admission, including mood and social skills. Even the doctors felt like much of his improvement was due to his participation in meaningful activities such as SR rather than just medication.”
Southwark Occupational Therapist