We are delighted to announced that jogscotland, working in partnership with SAMH (Scottish Association for Mental Health), is to benefit from a two-year grant from the Changing Lives Fund. The funding will enable us to improve the number of people from black and minority ethnic (BME) communities participating in jogscotland programmes.
The new project, called Community Strides, will work in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Dundee and Aberdeen, helping people to improve their physical and mental health by being active. We are delighted that Andrea Gavin and Laura Kirkland, who have been working with jogscotland for a year on our participation and communities projects, will now work on the Community Strides project. The project will officially begin in the new year, but will build on the great work already achieved by Andrea and Laura in recent months.
SAMH will be the lead partner in Community Strides, and we are honoured that the programme is one of just 17 to receive grants. The Changing Lives Fund is a partnership between the Scottish Government, sportscotland, the Robertson Trust and Spirit of 2012. We already work closely with SAMH as partners, and in our work as signatories to their Mental Health Charter for Physical Activity, and now look forward to collaborating further to improve the wellbeing of Scotland’s BME communities.
Membership development officer for jogscotland, Jo Stevens, said: “We’re so delighted that this grant will give us the chance to extend our reach into communities which are currently under-represented in our membership. Our partnership with SAMH is working brilliantly, and extending our work to help more people experience the physical and mental benefits of being active, is an exciting prospect.
“We’re grateful to the funders for recognising the value of jogscotland and SAMH’s work together, and look forward to collaborating to put this new initiative into place.”