02 September 2016



Extra activities will be featured at a popular project in Bedford designed to help the public improve their wellbeing through physical activity.

The Mindful Sport scheme is led by Bedford Borough Council (BBC) in partnership with the Trust and Mind BLMK.

The initiative was launched in March with weekly Wellbeing Hub sessions at Bedford Central Library on Wednesdays from 1-3pm featuring yoga and table tennis.

Its popularity has seen the scheme extended until the end of the year and two new activities, swimming and social walks, have now been added to the programme.

BBC sport development officer Robert Lindsay is delighted with the popularity of the project and by the progress shown by people who have taken part.

“This programme has been successful due to the effective partnership work between organisations within the borough,” he said.

“Participants are welcomed by a consistent team of staff from ELFT and volunteers with lived experience of mental health conditions have been recruited to support sessions.

“The Break the Stigma campaign that is running with ELFT has been working closely with the project and as a partnership the session has been raising awareness of mental wellbeing for all across Bedford.”

The drop-in sessions provide an opportunity for the public to improve their mental wellbeing through physical activity and is for anyone experiencing conditions such as generalised anxiety disorder, eating disorders, panic attacks and stress. 

Email Robert Lindsay for more information.

The Mindful Sport programme:

Wellbeing Yoga - @Bedford Central Library, Every Wednesday 1pm-2pm. Ongoing session. Inc refreshments

Wellbeing Table Tennis -@ Bedford Central Library, Every Wednesday 2.15-3pm. Ongoing Session

Wellbeing Swimming - @ Robinson Pool, Every Monday 3pm-4pm, STARTS 12th September – inc following social meet up group.

Wellbeing Walk- Starts @ Bedford Central Library, Fridays 11am- STARTS 2nd September