Physical Activity Advisory Group

Physical Activity Advisory Group – help Mind use the power of lived experience to improve sport and physical activity provision


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  • Do you want to help the sport and leisure sectors create a more welcoming environment for people with mental health problems?
  • Are you looking for an opportunity to develop your skills and enhance your CV?

    What do you mean by sport and physical activity?

    Throughout this document we use the term ‘sport and physical activity’. By this we mean any activity that involves bodily movement that raises your heart rate and requires energy expenditure. This could be anything from walking and cycling to boxing and playing squash.

    Why does Mind need this group?

    All of Mind’s work, including sport and physical activity, is shaped and influenced by people like yourself – people with lived experience of mental health problems. This ensures we deliver appropriate and effective services that meets their needs.

    Since 2014, Mind has delivered the successful Get Set to Go programme, which has been co-designed and co-delivered by people with lived experience of mental health problems (see the end of this document for more information about the programme).

    In this next phase of the programme, the Physical Activity team at Mind want to bring together an advisory group of 12 people with lived experience to influence the Get Set to Go programme and Mind’s wider sport and physical activity work at a national level. We want to help leisure centres, sports clubs, gyms, and other sport and physical activity providers to create a more welcoming environment for people with mental health problems.

    We’ve tried to answer some of the key questions you may have about the Physical Activity Advisory Group in the table below. If you have any other questions then please email the Physical Activity team at or give us a call on 07557 150 172.