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Society public engagement grant leads to further work in men's mental health

An allotment scheme funded by the North East London NHS Foundation Trust, with the help of a public engagement grant from the Society, is providing the inspiration for further work.

Based in the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham and led by chartered psychologist Dr Victoria Winson, the Young at Heart project aims to improve the mental and physical health of socially isolated men by involving them in regular gardening sessions and monthly support meetings. It has been featured in BBC Radio Four programme All in the Mind.

Now the Fitness Industry Association (FIA) and thinkpublic are teaming up to develop new ways of supporting men who approaching retirement or have recently retired. They will be visiting Young at Heart this month to see a successful example of men coming together to socialise.

David Stalker, chief executive of the FIA, says: "We know that sport and physical activity are great ways for people of all ages to socialise together. And we know that being physically active keeps both the body and mind mobile and helps reduce age-related diseases."

Find out more about the Society's public engagement grants.