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What’s it all about?

Welcome to Get Set to Go. It’s an exciting new programme designed to help those of us with a mental health problem to get more active through physical activity and sport.

For most of us, we know that having an active body has benefits for our mental and physical health – and many people find that it’s fun and enjoyable to get active through sport.

Get Set to Go has been designed with input from people who’ve successfully increased their physical activity. We’ve used their experiences to see how we can best support individuals and help remove some of the barriers people face when trying to get active.

Dudley Mind is pleased to be one of 8 national sites funded by Sport England and the National Lottery to deliver Get Set to Go locally working in partnership with sports providers, Dudley Council and the Black Country Consortium.


“Exercise wasn’t the one thing that “fixed” me – a number of things did that including meditation, diet and a focus on life outside of work  – but if I had to list the top ten strategies for dealing with a mental health problem, exercise would be very near, or even at, the top.”


Jolly Joggers

Jolly Joggers are a beginners running (jogging) group. We are part of Dudley Mind’s Get Set to Go programme which aims to get more people active to improve their mental health see for more information.

We are a friendly, welcoming, supportive group for anyone who is struggling with their mental health right now or in the past including stress, low mood, anxiety or depression or another mental health problem. Along with anyone who wants to improve their mental wellbeing through running/jogging.

Over 12 weeks we build up your jogging and running from a walk (no previous experience necessary) and celebrate week 12 by joining Wolverhampton parkrun which is a weekly 5k (3.1 miles) run around West Park.

At the end of the session Jolly Joggers past and present join for tea in the Café (optional) it is a great way to get to know new people and to make new friends. Throughout the term we take part in a range of activities; past activities have included: Time to Talk Day, Easter Egg Hunt, Treasure Hunt, Mental Health Awareness Week, Halloween themed activities and World Mental Health Day.

We are led by a small team of volunteers from Dudley Mind who are qualified Leadership In Running Fitness coaches. The sessions are insured and risk assessed and open to people 18+

Download our Jolly Joggers leaflet here

Please note that Jolly Joggers is a 12 week programme, we allow people to join up until the third week of the current programme. If you miss the third week deadline you would need to wait until the start of the next available Jolly Joggers group.

For further information contact Simon at the Dudley Mind Head Office

Phone: 01384 442938