Being Active Matters – Volunteers wanted

As mental health awareness grows, we all know that the benefits of sport and exercise are far greater than just physical. Exercise is also great for the mind and our mental health.

Volunteers are being sought in North and West Northumberland for an exciting project, funded by Sport England and Northumberland County Council. The role of the volunteer is to support and encourage people to become physically active to improve their mental wellbeing. Some people just need confidence and motivation to partake in an activity, and this project will create a ‘buddy scheme’ where volunteers will be matched to someone who needs support. It will also invite sports clubs and organisations to learn how they, as a club, can be supportive.

Whether it be a walk, trip to the gym, game of hockey or recreational game of badminton, we want as many opportunities as possible. Can you share your activity with someone else? Training will be provided and you can volunteer for as many hours as you can give, in an activity of your choice. This is a very rewarding volunteering opportunity and is flexible – you are in control of the activity you can support and the times that you are available.

For further information on volunteering in the North Northumberland area please contact Karen Renner (, telephone 07483326881) or Helen Brown for information on volunteering in the West Northumberland area (, telephone