‘Power of Sport’ brings the Olympic feeling to Southmead

CASS Networker for North Bristol, Letty Anderton, has teamed up with The Mead community newspaper and website this week on a new campaign focused on sports groups and wellbeing.

Lots of stories featuring local people from Southmead have been appearing on The Mead‘s website this week, championing the many links between mental health and participation in sport. The campaign comes during the second week of the Rio Olympics; a time when the whole nation has come together to get enthusiastic about sport and wellbeing.

“It’s given me a life,” said John ‘Squid’ Rowe of the football club he is a member of in Southmead. “I had mental health issues. I never used to leave my front door. It’s made me go out and communicate with people, get socialising. I wouldn’t have dreamed of doing this 3 or 4 months ago.”

The Power of Sport campaign also coincides with the #itsokaytotalk hashtag. Started by rugby player Luke Ambler, the campaign aims to halve the number of male suicides in the UK.

A new story will be added to The Mead’s website every day throughout this week. Click the images below to read each of the stories so far.

Monday matt boxing


Tuesday Moey


Wednesday Squid

If you run a sports group in Bristol and would like more information about how to look out for the mental wellbeing of your team, contact us today to arrange a meeting with one of our networkers.