Community Foundation Establishes Project To Empower Substance Misusers

The Hull FC Community Foundation has created a new project called ‘Teammate’ that seeks to help adults affected by substance misuse lead healthier lives.

The project, which is being supported by funding received from the Hull CVS and ReNew, will help participants develop the skills, confidence and knowledge to lead physically and mentally healthier lives.

Principally, ‘Teammate’ will offer a supportive environment where adults facing substance challenges can come together and engage in activites that support their recovery, boost social connections and help reduce feelings of loneliness and social isolation.

Sessions will take place over 90 minutes, beginning with physical activity that supports participants to get active and assume a positive mindset, before finishing with the opportunity for participants to access refreshments and informal educational sessions that improve awareness of healthy lifestyles, support the development of resilience skills and help forge new friendships.

Based on the needs and circumstances of the participants, content will include using the kitchen to deliver cooking classes, thus promoting healthy eating and tackling food poverty), as well as offering access to computers, information, and guidance that improves healthy lifestyle education.

In addition to the personal development opportunities, Hull FC Community Foundation staff will deliver group wellbeing sessions that equip participants with the skills, confidence, and knowledge to lead mentally well lives.

Hull FC Head of Health & Wellbeing, Maisie Malton, said: “We are proud to be introducing yet another project that supports a small group of people in our area in need.

“It is key that we offer a hand of support to those affected by substance misuse. But at the same time, it is important to provide educational assistance to these individuals which will keep them on the right track in life, both mentally and physically.”

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