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What they aim to achieve
It’s A Goal! aims to:
- reduce social isolation and increase social inclusion
- increase positive mental health and well-being
- increase employability
What they do
“Be the best you can be.”
It’s A Goal! uses football metaphor and terminology to mirror life events to help clients (called “players”) to explore their personal issues and develop greater confidence and motivation. A key element is goal setting, with ‘players’ encouraged to set (and achieve) short-term and long-term goals.
A season of 11 matches:
Goalkeeper (match 1) – signing as a player, joining the team, setting goals
Defence (4 matches) – roles, team work, support; focus on change and resilience
Midfield (4 matches) – linking up and creativity, relaxation, visualisation, communication, motivation, assertiveness
Attack (2 matches) – opportunities, perspectives and behaviours, practising techniques, evaluating success
10-12 players per season, run in football stadia, facilitated by a Coach
Supporters’ club – drop-in facility
Treat men as individuals – a gendered approach.
The stigma of mental illness is different for men.
Services need a more sophisticated and nuanced approach.
The role of third parties, especially life partners and male friends, is critical.
A joined-up approach is needed for “whole-life” solutions.
What difference does it make?
Reduced social isolation and increased social inclusion:
25% will have greater participation in meaningful social activities
25% will feel less isolated
Increased positive mental health and well-being:
Where they operate
Who is eligible
Adults with low confidence/self-esteem and mild to moderate depression and/or anxiety, who want to make a change.
Who invests in them
- Blackpool Council
- Greater Preston Clinical Commissioning Group
- Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale Clinical Commissioning Group
- Salford City Council (Public Health)
“It put me back on the pitch of life. Before, I was outside the ground, listening to the crowd, then I was on the subs’ bench, and now I’ve got a game!” (player)