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James's story

Since taking part in regular garden sessions in his local community, James has taken huge strides to improve his physical and mental health and wellbeing.

"I first heard about the Community Activity Programme through the Sharon, the Community Brain Injury Coordinator at Headway.

"I was motivated to join because I was keen to get some structure and routine back into my life and to socialise with new people.

"If you’d seen me before the group, I was a wreck.  I was depressed.  I used to just go walking and I was in tears a lot of the time. Before I came the first day, I felt nervous. I told my wife I was frightened and didn’t think I could do it. But that changed after the first day and I really enjoyed spending time with friendly people in a lovely environment.

"The group has given me the experience socialising so I’m more confident and have the motivation to do more.  The difference is that if I go to the gym, it doesn’t do anything for me.  I can’t see any difference afterwards. With the gardening group, I can see that I’ve accomplished something. 

"I feel 100% happier since being involved in the programme.  I’m less depressed, more confident and motivated.

"Seriously, It’s the best thing I’ve ever done."

The Sport England Community Activity Grant programme has opened the doors for people to get involved in local sports activities in their local community. 

Find out more about the Community Activity Grant programme