'Success is where preparation & opportunity meet'

Sporting Recovery Wellness Programme is about allowing people to be independent.

Who We Are

Sporting Recovery is an exercise and well-being programme for long-term unemployed people with mental issues and learning difficulties. They have remained physically inactive for an extended time. Because of their lifestyle, mental illness, and medication side effects, they have a high risk of co-morbid diseases. Physical activities are the most difficult for these people.

Our aims and objectives are to utilise physical activity and social interaction to improve mental health for individuals recovering from severe mental illness and experiencing mental distress. We are a black-led, non-profit Community Interest Company with a nine-year record of success in improving the mental health of of marginalised and isolated people. We are based in South London. Our Southwark Wellness Programme offers badminton, Short Tennis, Basketball, Table tennis, Football training, Gym sessions, Non-contact Boxing, Yoga, Salsa Dancing and Tai Chi. In our Wellness Café, people experiencing mental distress and those recovering from severe mental illness can socialise in a stigma-free and welcoming environment. The Programme occurs every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday between 1:00 and 4:00 pm in the South London boroughs of Lambeth, Southwark and Lewisham. We accept referrals from the South London and Maudsley NHS Trust (SLaM), local authorities, Supported Living Care Homes and self-referrals.

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Where are we from

The Sporting Recovery Wellness Programme was born from a clinical project in Southwark, South London, that sought to help men with severe mental illness who were repeatedly readmitted to the hospital. Although the project proved successful, it was brought to an end. However, the 3 BME community members remained committed to the cause and decided to establish Sporting Recovery as a Community Interest Company. This social enterprise broadened the initiative’s impact to include adults with mental health challenges. Our results speak volumes: 62% of clients attend for over six months, and 42% for over one year. As a BME-led organisation, we prioritise the experiences of our volunteers, listening to their stories and validating their experiences to build trust and foster a sense of community. We’re proud of our progress and are excited to continue expanding our impact.

Who we Support

Our clients are primarily men (68%), with 76% of Black African, African Caribbean, or Southeast Asian descent. They are typically between 22 and 65 years old, socially isolated, lacking confidence, and physically inactive for a prolonged period. They have had bad experiences with mental health services and may avoid going to public locations. They are likely economically inactive, receiving state assistance, and surviving on a low income. They are at a higher risk of developing co-morbid illnesses due to their lifestyle, mental health issues, and the side effects of medication. Our weekly Wellness Programmes, run in three Wellness Centres, are attended by 100+ adults aged 18+ who need support and encouragement. We offer a stigma-free, culturally diverse and welcoming environment where adults participate safely. There will be trained coaches and volunteers to help with the sporting activities.

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‘A community is judged by how it treats its most vulnerable. We are passionate that the ‘Unseen & Unheard’ be included and served within our community.’