The Sporting Recovery Wellness Centre is where adults can participate in team and individual sporting activities, get nutritional and lifestyle advice, and have the opportunity to gain qualifications. As an evidence-based exercise programme, it supports adults on their recovery pathway back into their communities. The exercise programme is run by Sporting Recovery CIC.
The Sporting Recovery community-based exercise programme is targeted at individuals who are 18+, and who may have experienced mental illness, substance misuse, being an ex-offender or long-term unemployed, or those who would benefit from support to become more socially and physically active. These adults often have difficulties accessing, trusting and re-engaging with traditional services so carers, family members and social workers are encouraged to join in. The programme takes place in weekly sessions at the Damilola Taylor Centre in Southwark, South London.
The programme works by referral from primary care professionals, social workers, or housing, drug misuse and probation agencies. People can then take part in a variety of activities, including lifestyle courses, exercise programmes leading to sport qualification courses and attending the Wellness Cafeteria providing nutritional information and healthy food courses. Sports including basketball, football and Pilates are available to take part in. The programme supports people into further education courses and paid or voluntary employment.
The relationship between sport/exercise and improved mental and physical well-being is well established. The key now is to get people with complex care issues to participate in these positive sporting/exercise activities.