A new exciting project that uses the power of physical activity and social interaction to improve women’s mental wellbeing has been launched at Billingham Forum Ice Arena.

The project, Energise, is funded by Sport England, and is being delivered by Middlesbrough and Stockton Mind in partnership with Tees Active, MFC Foundation, Green Sky Fitness and other key partners.

Energise is open to inactive females aged 18+ from Stockton and Middlesbrough areas, with mental health difficulties.

Adelle Stevens, Energise Project Coordinator said “Getting Active isn’t easy, but for a woman with mental health difficulties it really can feel like an impossible mountain to climb. We are developing a varied and attractive programme of physical activities in a friendly and supportive setting which will suit women of all ages and backgrounds. Anybody who feels Energise may be for them only needs to contact the Energise team, the only thing participants need to bring is the willingness to give it a go.”

Allan McDermott, Community Engagement Manager for Tees Active added “Tees Active have formed a strong partnership with Middlesbrough and Stockton Mind over the past few years and we realise that physical activity can have a huge benefit to both an individual’s physical and mental wellbeing. We have learned that creating a relaxed and comfortable environment is key to helping people take their first steps to a healthy lifestyle.”

Energise is a 2-year project, which will utilise volunteer mentors to assist in guiding Energise members past any barriers and hurdles they may face in tackling their mental health difficulties.

For further information, contact the Energise Team on (01642) 796630 or email: energise@middlesbroughandstocktonmind.org.uk