Hellesdon Library and Norfolk and Waveney Mind launch new running group to beat the winter blues!

Hellesdon Library and Norfolk and Waveney Mind launch new running group to beat the winter blues!
Norfolk and Waveney Mind is pleased to announce that as a culmination of their RED January (Run Every Day January) campaign, they will be supporting a new “Outrunning” group - a run for fun wellbeing initiative, based at Hellesdon Library, over the next six months.
The Outrunning group is a partnership between Norfolk County Council Library Service, Active Norfolk and joint funders Norfolk and Waveney Mind and Broadland District Council.  It aims to offer people with mild – moderate mental health issues the opportunity to participate in a free, friendly, couch to 5k style running group, starting on Wednesday 22nd January.  It’s hoped that this daytime outdoor activity will help participants to improve their wellbeing, socialise and feel better both physically and emotionally.  
Each weekly run will be led by Paul Taylor, Hellesdon Library manager, who is also an experienced running coach and originator of the Outrunning concept:
“As someone who is passionate about running to support my own mental health, I felt there was a huge opportunity to offer physical activity programmes through the Library, to reflect its role as a place of wellbeing and connection.  I’m in no doubt that running outdoors has made a huge difference to my mental wellbeing and I can’t wait to share this powerful antidote to life’s stresses and strains, with novices and more experienced runners alike”.   
The group will be supported by a physical activity worker, Sam West, from Norfolk and Waveney Mind and an optional, informal tea and chat session will accompany each run. Ruth Taylor, Partnerships Manager for Norfolk and Waveney Mind, explained why this approach is so beneficial for combatting community isolation.
“We know that running is a great way to improve our overall happiness, health and mental wellbeing, and the power it has to alleviate symptoms of depression and anxiety.  We’ve found time and time again, through our other initiatives, that running at whatever pace can be fun and rewarding for everyone, particularly when you do it in good company!  We really hope to build up a friendly running community based around the Library that, longer term, will carry this enthusiasm forward.
The project is supported by Norfolk and Waveney Mind’s fundraising efforts over the past year and is also funded by Broadland District Council.   Dan Goodwin, BDC Communities Officer, explained “Improving health and wellbeing plus quality of life is a core value of the Council. As such we’re proud to support such an innovative project; enabling residents to take better care of their wellbeing in a local community setting is key to sustainable health improvement”.

If you’d like to know more, Sam at Norfolk and Waveney Mind would love to hear from you at outrunning@norfolkandwaveneymind.org.uk or contact Paul at paul.taylor@norfolk.gov.uk 

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