Sport in Mind has been honoured with the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, the highest award a voluntary group can receive in the UK. The charity operates with a simple mission to improve the lives of people experiencing mental health problems through sport and physical activity and has been making a huge difference to the lives of thousands of local people since 2010.
Despite being a relatively small local charity, Sport in Mind’s work has gained national acclaim. They are regarded as the country’s leading mental health sports charity, delivering services in partnership with the NHS in order to aid recovery, promote mental wellbeing, improve physical health, combat social isolation and empower people to move their lives forward in a positive direction. The charity’s services, which are co-designed by people with personal experience of mental health problems and healthcare professionals, have supported over 10,000 local people.
Representatives from Sport in Mind attended a garden party at Buckingham Palace in May, along with other recipients of this year’s Award and will officially receive the award from James Puxley, Lord Lieutenant of Berkshire later this summer.
Sport in Mind is one of 281 charities, social enterprises and voluntary groups to receive the prestigious award this year (including two others in Reading, Reading Refugee Support Group and The Mills Archive Trust). The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service aims to recognise outstanding work by volunteer groups to benefit their local communities. It was created in 2002 to celebrate the Queen’s Golden Jubilee. Winners are announced each year on 2 June – the anniversary of the Queen’s Coronation.
Sport in Mind’s founder, Neil Harris, says:
Sport in Mind are delighted to be awarded with this prestigious honour. It is fantastic recognition for all the amazing work our dedicated volunteers and coaches commit to the charity each week. Without their brilliant support over the last 9 years the charity wouldn’t have been able to support the recovery of over 10,000 local people. Thank you to everyone who has supported us.
For more information about Sport in Mind please visit www.sportinmind.org.