Supporting you to move
At Leap we’re working with local partners to set up and identify coaches and instructors who can support your physical and emotional wellbeing.
We have gathered a list of activities below from coaches and instructors who have undertaken UK Coaching and Mind’s ‘Mental Health Awareness for Sport and Physical Activity’ workshop and whose sessions should be suitable for people who maybe anxious or worried about joining a new group. Feel free to contact them and ask questions about the sessions before signing up or testing it.
Wycombe Wanderers Sports & Education Trust, Bucks Wycombe
Adult mental health friendly/aware sessions, Older Adults – low intensity strength and balance activities
Wycombe Wanderers Sports & Education Trust Website
Buckingham & Stowe Running Club, Bucks
Running for all levels of abilities. Offers individual and small group support.
Buckingham and Stowe Running Club Website
Tennis Sports Coach, Milton Keynes
Paul Robertson, Tennis and Squash coached sessions
Safari Mixed Martial Arts & Safari Health Hub, Milton Keynes Bletchley
Women’s Only sessions, martial arts, yoga, gymnastics etc. Children, Youth Martial Arts and Ninja Club training.
Safari Mixed Martial Arts Website
Below is a list of sessions that specifically support anyone experiencing mental health challenges like anxiety and depression. All sessions are relaxed, fun and friendly. For more information, please contact the activity provider.
MK Dons Set essions
MK Dons SET (Milton Keynes Dons Sport and Education Trust) are delivering a session for men, 18-25 years old who suffer from a mental health disorder. You can expect the FREE sessions to include exercise, mental health and wellbeing, tips on looking after yourself and integrating into society. To refer a participant or to self-refer please email email@example.com or call 07551 156994
Moving Mind run and walk group
A fully inclusive group that will support you every step of the way. Welcome to all abilities – especially those that have never run before.
Wednesdays 10am – 11am
Hedgerows Family centre, Milton Keynes
Thursday 10am – 11am
Stantonbury Health Centre, Milton Keynes
Run by All People Active, please contact Portia on 07739840717
Wycombe Wanderers SET – Keep Moving Forward
WWSET strive to help the community and understand the huge demand for mental health recovery and prevention projects. They are working closely with like-minded organisations, to set up various sessions within Wycombe.
Well Being Walk – Every Tuesday from 11am – 1pm Meet at Wycombe Lido
This walk gives people the opportunity to meet a friendly group who are all on a recovery journey, the walk helps to keep people active and walk and talk with people who can support them. It is a very relaxed environment and we even stop for a cup of tea on the way round.
Grow – Every Wednesday 11.30am – 1pm WWSET in partnership with The Community Grow Project will deliver a community allotment session.
Grow is a community allotment session. Learn how to grow all different type of fruit, veg and plants. There are lots of different types of jobs to do, sowing seeds, watering plants, weeding, laying slabs, painting sheds, work inside shed to hang tools safely, and building a seating area near the river.
Wycombe Leisure Centre
Mind & Body Wednesday’s 18.00
Mind & Body Friday’s 12.30
This is a Mind & Body class that is taught by a therapist and focuses on improving mental health through exercise.
- non-member £10.80
- Leisure Card member £7.20
- Concessions member £4.00
- Contact Augusto at AugustoRosario@pfpleisure.org for further information.
Sport in Mind, Bucks
Sport in Mind have a simple mission: “To improve the lives of people experiencing mental health problems through sport and physical activity”.
Sport in Mind are the UK’s leading mental health sports charity and deliver physical activity (sport, walking, dance and movement, gardening and exercise sessions) projects in partnership with the amazing NHS in order to aid recovery, promote mental wellbeing, improve physical health, combat social isolation and empower people to move their lives forward in a positive direction. We are passionate about using sport and physical activity for good, but we’re not just here for sporty, super fit people – our service is here for EVERYONE! If you’ve not taken part in sport or exercised for a while we know it can be quite daunting to join a sports group (We feel the same!), but the truth is getting involved with Sport in Mind isn’t about how good you are at sport or how fit you are, it’s simply about HAVING FUN and giving people are bit of a break from everything else that’s going on in their lives.
Since COVID, Sport in Mind have sessions running in Bucks & Milton Keynes.
All of the sessions are free of charge and there is no referral needed. We look forward to seeing you there!
Contact name: Beth Marriott
Find out more by clicking here
Active Communities at Wycombe Leisure Centre
Discover the benefits of standing often and moving more with special trainer Jo Forbes
Every Tuesday 10am – 11am (starting 2nd November) at Wycombe Leisure Centre, Cost £1 per session
Turn up on the day or pre book up to 2 days before – Tel 01494 688100
For more information please click here
Stoke Mandeville Stadium
Do you want to take part in activities at Stoke Mandeville Stadium but feel you need a little support? Or are you a friendly person with time to support someone in your community to get more active? Either way, our Activity Buddies project could be for you.
Activity Buddies pairs people who need a little extra support with a Buddy who will be with you for a session at the leisure centre, making sure you feel comfortable and at ease. It might be someone you already know, such as a friend or family member. Or we can pair you with a friendly partner who can give you the support you need while you’re at the centre.
For more information on the Activity Buddies please click here
Bucks Mind – Online Yoga Group
FREE mindful yoga sessions via Zoom that teach techniques to help manage stress and anxiety. For people recovering from mental health problems, experiencing stress, carers or anyone wanting a gentle introduction to yoga.
The classes are held by a fully trained yoga instructor.
Tuesdays 10.15 – 11.15am
Thursdays 12 – 1pm
To book please contact:
Isobel Shea, Champion the change Hub Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org or 07487518513
Community Table Tennis targeted at those aged 50+, suffering from isolation or mild anxiety and depression.
Venue: Evreham Sports Centre, Swallow Street, SL0 0HS
Tuesday 11.00 – 13.00 and Wednesday 18.00 – 20.00
Cost is £4, sessions begin 25th April.
Contact Details: Leon Popplewell Leon.Popplewell@GLL.org
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Top tips for getting and staying active:
- Choose something you enjoy
- Set goals and make a plan
- Make small changes
- Build new habits in to your daily routine
- Get outdoors if you can
- Start slow and build up gradually
- Pace yourself and listen to your body
- Buddy Up!