Innovative Sheffield football partnership wins award. @SHSCFT

The Brunsmeer Awareness mental health football project, led by Sheffield Health & Social Care NHS Foundation Trust (SHSC) provides tailored and targeted interventions for men and women with moderate to severe enduring mental health conditions.  The project began in 2012 as a weekly football group at one of SHSC’s in-patient sites and through the development of partnerships with local community groups and charities has developed into a citywide project.

The Performance Through Partnership Innovation, Improvement and Impact Award recognises the work of health professionals at SHSC and local organisations Brunsmeer Athletic Football Club, Sheffield Flourish, Sheffield and Hallamshire Football Association, Sheffield United Community Foundation and Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care Yorkshire and Humber.

Sam Dawson, Occupational Therapist, said: “Football offers an alternative way to engage with people who may not access traditional mental health support services.  It helps to bring people together through shared interests, improving their physical health and wellbeing while also reducing loneliness and isolation.”

Kevan Taylor, Chief Executive, said: “This project is a fantastic example of our commitment to working in partnership with local organisations to improve the physical and mental wellbeing of our service users. It is also a real testament to the dedication and commitment of our staff to finding new and engaging ways of supporting and working with our service users.  I am delighted that this innovative partnership is receiving the recognition it deserves.”

The Innovation, Improvement and Impact Awards are organised by the Yorkshire and Humber Academic Health Science Network.

Brunsmeer Awareness Football Club provides weekly football sessions, facilitated by qualified coaches, for people living with mental health conditions across the city. Thursday 1.30pm-3pm, Powerleague, Woodbourne Road, S9 3HL. For more information contact Sam Dawson 07971 828954.