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An estimated 38,000 people in Norfolk each year experience loneliness

Poor mental health can affect any of us during our lifetime, while inactivity comes with an increased risk of major illness.

According to the NHS website: “Research shows that physical activity can boost self-esteem, mood, sleep quality and energy, as well as reducing your risk of stress, depression, dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.”

“People who exercise regularly have a lower risk of developing many long-term (chronic) conditions, such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, stroke, and some cancers.”

The Community Sports Foundation uses the physical and social benefits of sport to improve people’s mental health and physical wellbeing. Our work helps to combat loneliness, anxiety, and inactivity for people in Norfolk.

We rely on fundraising, donations and other support to sustain our work in this area, so that we can help the people of Norfolk to maintain a healthy and happy lifestyle.

Keeping people active

Keeping people active

Sport and exercise is at the heart of everything we do and we run sessions for a range of people that help to keep them active and enjoy the related health benefits.

Our work includes our Run for Me group, which uses running as its physical element to support mental health, and our Extra Time group for over 55s, which rotates through a range of different sports to prevent inactivity in later life. Our Walking Football programme also helps older people to stay active.

Staying connected

Staying connected

Run for Me and Extra Time tie in social sessions with each week’s physical activity.

Bringing people together regularly in a welcoming environment helps to reduce social isolation/loneliness.

 

 

Brian's Story

Brian's Story

“I recall coming away with a feeling of having made some potential new friends, whilst enjoying enormously the five-aside-football and the social gathering afterwards.”

Find out how Extra Time has helped Brian to improve his wellbeing and widen his circle of friends.

Read Brian's Story
Support Us

Support Us

Without vital fundraising, our work would not be possible, and many across Norfolk would be deprived of our support.

There are many ways that you can help us to sustain our work, such as taking a fundraising challenge, becoming a donor, or supporting through your business.

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