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Move it May!

A whole month dedicated to fitness to improve the mental wellbeing of our community!

With the weather getting warmer and the days getting longer, we encourage everyone to join us in improving their physical health to support their mental health. Studies show that there is around a 25% lower risk of depression for adults participating in daily physical activity. In June 2021, the John W. Brick Foundation released their “Move Your Mental Health Report”, which provides a scoping review of over 1,000 studies conducted over the last thirty years. The research cast a wide net, including studies on any variety of physical activity, exercise, or movement type and any mental health outcome published between 1990 and 2020. Out of 1,158 studies examined, 89% found a statistically significant, positive association between physical activity and mental health.

We understand the importance of reconnecting with each other. Meeting new friends and trying new activities is a wonderful way to improve your own mental wellbeing, as well as others. We encourage people to connect with others, being open about their emotions and wellbeing to support one another.

With that in mind, we are bringing back our “Move it May” campaign! Several gyms and organisations have joined up to run special and unique classes to encourage people to get up and start exercising and socialising! With several fundraising options, you can come and support North Staffs Mind to continue our work and provide more opportunities like this campaign and others to really support Staffordshire.

You can get up on your own of course, go for a run, a swim, or even just climbing stairs instead of using the lift. You can even do it with your friends! But we are offering many events you can be a part of. Take a look at our event list, click the link to get involved. Get up, get active, get healthy!

Whether it’s just a gym class, climbing a mountain or just walking your dog, Exercise has a marked effect on improving Mental Health, so join us for “Move it May”!



5th May – 11:30am – Kayaking and Canoeing Session!

Trentham Canoe Club

Trentham Canoe Club is offering kayaking and canoeing taster sessions. Join in to meet new friends, try new activities, and support a great cause. Book your spot today and let’s make this May the best one yet! £10 per person, all donations will go back into your local community.

Spaces are limited so book on today! https://sites.google.com/trenthamcanoeclub.co.uk/tcc-membership-form-portal/home


13th May – 6pm – Zumba Special Class!

Stoke City Community Trust

Join us for a special Zumba class in partnership with Stoke City Community Trust, aimed at promoting mental health awareness and fostering a sense of community. Our collaboration with gyms and organizations allows us to offer unique opportunities to stay active, have fun, and meet new friends. By participating in our classes, you’ll not only support your mental health but also contribute to the mission of North Staffs Mind. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to get moving and make a difference. Book your spot now and be part of our efforts to support mental health in your community.

Book on now! 




14th May – 5:30 pm – Circuit Class

Energie Fitness Tunstall

Energie Fitness Tunstall for a special Circuit class on the 14th. This event is in support of North Staffs Mind, aiming to provide more opportunities for our community. The circuit class will be a fun and effective way to get fit while also supporting a great cause. The event will take place at Energie Fitness Tunstall, and all proceeds will go towards North Staffs Mind’s initiatives. This is a wonderful opportunity to come together as a community, prioritize our mental and physical well-being, and contribute to a great cause. We hope to see you there! 01782 308944


15th May – 6:15pm – Charity Step Class

PureGym Stoke North

Join us and PureGym Stoke North for a special Charity Step class on the 15th. This event is aimed at showing our support for North Staffs Mind and helping provide more opportunities for our community. By participating in this charity class, you will not only get a great workout but also contribute to a good cause. The event will take place at PureGym Stoke North and is open to all fitness levels. So come along and join us as we step towards a better and healthier community while supporting a worthy cause. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to make a positive impact! Book today! Info.Stoke@puregym.com


ALL THROUGH MAY – Squat Challenge at Gym & Tonic


Gym & Tonic – Stafford has an exciting challenge for us this Move it May! They are hosting a Squat challenge that will not only give you an amazing workout but also allow you to contribute to a good cause. It’s a win-win! So let’s all join in and show our support. Get ready to squat your way to fitness while making a positive impact. Let’s do this! Don’t miss out on the opportunity to make a difference while getting fit.


ALL THROUGH MAY – Multiple classes at JD Gyms NUL

North Staffs Mind is partnering with JD Gyms NUL to offer a range of activities aimed at promoting mental well-being while also raising funds for the organization. The activities include various classes designed to get participants active and engaged, providing an opportunity to try out new things and meet new people. By participating in these activities, individuals can support the important work of North Staffs Mind while also taking steps to improve their own mental and physical health. It’s a great way to have fun, make connections, and contribute to a worthy cause. Check out the schedule and join in the excitement!

Wednesday 1st May – Yoga 10-11am

Wednesday 1st May – Gym Induction – 20:00-20:30

Thursday 2nd May – X-FIT – 09:30-10:30

Friday 3rd May – Spin – 10:00-11:00

Monday 6th Spin class – 17:30-18:30

Wednesday 8th – Hiit – 19:00-19:30

Wednesday 8th May – Gym Induction – 20:00-20:30

Friday 10th – JD Burn – 06:30-07:00

Monday 13th – JD Burn – 17:00-17:30

Tuesday 14th – Les Mills Body Combat – 19:00-20:00

Wednesday 15th – Gym Induction – 09:00-09:30

Thursday 16th – X-Fit – 18:00-18:30

Monday 20th – Zumba – 10:00-11:00

Tuesday 21st – Gym Induction – 20:00-20:30

Thursday 23rd – JD Burn – 06:30-07:00

Saturday 25th – Spin – 09:30-10:30

Monday 27th – BoxFit – 17:30-18:30

Wednesday 29th – Circuits – 12:30-13:00

Thursday 30th – Gym Induction – 09:00-09:30

Friday 31st – JD Burn – 17:30-18:00


To book onto one of these classes, email newcastleunderlyme@jdgyms.co.uk



Booked onto one of these classes? Let us know! Call 01782 262100 or email Dan at fundraising@nsmind.org.uk. And remember to start collecting sponsorship. We’re determined to improve the mental wellbeing of Stoke-on-Trent, this is only made possible thanks to amazing supporters like you. Keep mentioning it on your socials, send emails out, talk to friends and remember, to have fun! If you can get just £5 in donations, this can go towards helping fund our helpline so people can access support and advice instantly.



Move it May Step Challenge!

Take part in our step challenge to support and improve the mental wellbeing of our community!

10,000 steps a day, each day for the whole of May.

When we’re worried or stressed, being active can help us take our minds off difficult thoughts and focus on the present. It can help us think about what our bodies need and nourish the relationship between body and mind.

Physical activity has so many benefits for our overall wellbeing. It can boost confidence, improve mood, help you sleep better and even reduce our risk of depression.

Any movement, however small, that gets us moving more and being active can have a great benefit on your mental health.

So get walking! 10,000 steps a day to help your fitness and mental health, whilst gaining sponsors to support our work! Sign up today: https://www.justgiving.com/create-page?campaignGuid=6d86b7e0-33ce-48b5-b4e0-27c4cd323e99

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