The Chelsea FC Foundation will this week aim to raise awareness of the impact of loneliness as part of the Mental Health Awareness campaign.
Last Friday a Foundation event took place at Stamford Bridge alongside Hammersmith, Fulham and Ealing MIND charities.
The two west London organisations came together to deliver a co-production event at Stamford Bridge for local organisation, Parents Active.
The event started with a bespoke programme of physical activity and mental wellbeing for parents who care for children with disabilities. The new programme will work to aid both physical and mental wellbeing support for carers, allowing them to focus on themselves while also connecting with other parents going through similar situations in the community.
Nandini Ganesh from Parents Active commented on the event: ‘Mental and physical wellbeing is so important for parents, we underestimate how much caring for a disabled child takes a toll on parents.
‘It was a lovely event on Friday and to get the dads involved and all excited about taking on the pitch was the icing in the proverbial cake.
'The event was just the start of a great partnership with Mind and Parents Active to help support those in the community who continuously put the needs of others before themselves.’
Ellie Lock, senior population health officer at Chelsea Foundation, added: ‘It was great to work alongside Mind again and invite Parents Active to Stamford Bridge.
‘We are looking forward to seeing this programme take shape and how many people we are able to support.’
Chelsea FC Foundation will be celebrating Mental Health Awareness Week over the next seven days with a variety of activities. You can follow our week via our social media channels @CFCFoundation, where we will be highlighting the five ways to wellbeing: Connect, Be Active, Take Notice, Learn and Give.