18 August 2016

Southmead stories: CASS teams up with The Mead on ‘Power of Sport’ campaign

Southmead storiesDuring the second week of the Rio Olympics, the Community Access Support Service (CASS) has teamed up with The Mead (Southmead's local newspaper and website) to showcase stories of men's sport and wellbeing in the area.

The stories, put together by CASS Networker Letty Anderton, detail the positive effects of sport on health and wellbeing and how local men in Southmead have used sporting activities to turn their lives around. A new story will be posted each day until Saturday.

Ron 'Moey' Ford has been a member of Southmead Rugby Club for 22 years. "It's been my life," he says of the Club. "It's really helped me. In the last four years, I've had a lot of grief in my life. This place has really kept me going - the people have been so supportive."

With suicide still the biggest killer of men under 45 in the UK, CASS has been working hard to get the message out about mental health and wellbeing to men's groups in Bristol. The 'Power of Sport' stories aim to help with this goal, championing the benefits of sports activities for men. The stories coincide with rugby player Luke Ambler's 'It's Okay To Talk' campaign, encouraging men to speak out about mental health and wellbeing.

Click here to read each of the stories posted so far and keep an eye on The Mead's website tomorrow and Saturday for more.

If you represent a community group and are interested in health and wellbeing, contact CASS today on info@cassbristol.org or visit www.cassbristol.org to find out more.

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