HRH Prince William gives Community Club a Royal seal of approval

Friday 21st May 2021

When the Scottish Football Association got in touch with Bonnyrigg Rose Community Football Club to see if a representative could attend a meet and greet session with His Royal Highness, The Duke of Cambridge, to discuss the club’s Mental Health Programme, of course we were delighted to say yes.

Prince William is a real ambassador for Positive Mental Health and recognises that through Sport, especially Football (which is the sport that attracts the greatest numbers in terms of membership and supporters in the country). It’s a great way to get the message out there about breaking the Stigma around Mental Health and getting people talking about Mental Health and Wellbeing.

Trish Sime, Bonnyrigg Rose Football Club Development Manager, had the opportunity to chat to the Duke of Cambridge where she was able to share all the things that Bonnyrigg Rose Community Football Club is currently supporting in the area and the collaborative approach to the Positive Mental Health Project with other local organisations in supporting Mental Health for the local People. The Club works with Local Organisation Health in Mind  where we support the delivery for #MidlothianMenMatter, Midlothian’s Womens group (both peer support groups). A social inclusion support group and the club is involved in supporting suicide prevention week.

The club also works closely with Lasswade High School where we are currently delivering a programme where senior pupils can get support in managing stress and anxiety. We are planning time to train staff on Mental Health First Aid and deliver online bitesize podcasts for all Pupils/ Parents

Covid saw the club get involved in 121 targeted counselling as local people approached the club for help at times of need. In partnership with local organisations, Emotion – All, Positive Mental Health Scotland (PHMS), Learning Circles Scotland (LCS), the club has been in a position to offer professional support for children and adults at a time when they felt vulnerable and in need of help.

All really positive stuff and all delivered through the power of the football club.

Please help the club secure funding which will help us to continue to deliver this programme of work for local people by voting for Bonnyrigg Rose Football Club in the Mental Health category –

LNER Customer and Community Investment Fund survey (alchemer.eu)

If you would like to get involved in the clubs community programme – please contact Trish on 07834456625.

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