18 August 2016
Southmead stories: CASS teams up with The Mead on ‘Power of Sport’ campaign
During 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
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or visit
to find out more.