Sporting Recovery evolved from a successful clinical pilot project funded by the Maudsley Charity. Working with South London and the Maudsley Foundation Trust (SLaM) the project looked to address the difficulties mental health service users in Southwark experience when trying to reintegrate back into their local communities. Unfortunately adults with complex care needs often experience social stigma.
The beauty of team sporting activities is that playing together creates micro communities. Whilst getting a job is too often an unrealistic first next step, building meaningful structure and socializing in normalizing locations has important ramifications in the road to recovery for clients.
Although the pilot is over Sporting Recovery has continued as a Social Enterprise and we have seen a number of individual success stories as a result of the project.