To celebrate the Armed Forces in Herefordshire we are hosting a Football Festival on Sunday 7th July. This is a celebration of everything Armed Forces but also an opportunity to create awareness of Mental Health in Herefordshire, not only for those who are directly affected but also for family, friends and carers who may have their lives affected by those who suffer from Mental Health.
Mike Smart, Vice-Chair of the Civilian Military Task Group (CMTG) said;
“We are delighted to be supporting such an inspiring approach to mental health awareness. Events like this help to get more people talking and opening up about mental health, and sport can often break down stigmas as well as promoting positive wellbeing”.
The CMTG is a cross-sector partnership, responsible for implementing initiatives and key areas of need to support the Armed Forces community such as housing, health and well-being, mental health, education and employment. Representatives include members of the Armed Forces community, military charities, Armed Forces Community champions, the voluntary sector, West Mercia Police and the NHS.
HFA Football Development Officer Scott Russell said, “I am delighted to have CMTG on board as they have some very knowledgeable people involved within the group who offer great guidance and support for those within the Armed Forces. Hopefully I can take some of what they do and use it within football as I think it’s imperative we encourage people to not just survive but to strive and stay positive if they suffer from Mental Health and football gives me that platform.
New HFA CEO Simon Panes who is backing the plans for Festival said: “We at the HFA are delighted to be involved on the 7th July and feel this could be a significant event in Herefordshire that engages people who suffer with Mental Health. We really hope to see an excellent attendance and look forward to being able to raise awareness in partnership with the Armed Forces. We hope the general public enjoy the activities that will be on show, gain a better understanding of Mental Health and give pathways to those who are needing support.”
For further information, please contact:
Football Development Officer (Disability, Inclusion & Recreation)