The Jolly Joggers are making their way back to West Park for another 12 week programme designed to improve people's mental health and wellbeing through exercise.

The group met for its inaugural sessions for the first time earlier this year - and they have proved so successful that they are coming back for a third time next month.

Participants are encouraged to set their own goals to walk, jog or run around the picturesque city centre park, while having fun at the same time.

The weekly sessions, beginning on Saturday 3 September, are held by the Dudley branch of Mind, the mental health charity, as part of its national Get Set to Go programme aimed at encouraging people to take up sport or physical activity to improve their mental health and wellbeing.

It is also being supported by the City of Wolverhampton Council, and Councillor Paul Sweet, the Cabinet Member for Public Health and Wellbeing, said: "Being physically active is proven to reduce the symptoms of stress, anxiety and depression and improve people's mood.

"This is an excellent initiative encouraging people to enjoy a walk, jog or run around West Park and is having a fantastic effect on people's mental health and wellbeing. I'd encourage anyone who may be feeling low because they are suffering from stress or anxiety to give it a go."

Rachel Harding, Sport Co-ordinator from Dudley Mind, said: "Jolly Joggers is open to everyone because good mental health is important to us all, and it doesn't matter whether potential participants exercise regularly or not as they can run, jog or walk - it's very informal and the main thing is that people come along, have a go and enjoy themselves.

"After 2 successful and really enjoyable outings earlier this year, we are coming back to West Park for another 12 week course next month and we're looking forward to welcoming many new participants."

The Jolly Joggers will meet every Saturday for 12 weeks from 3 September. To take part, please meet at the Bandstand by 10.15am, wear suitable clothing and trainers and bring a drink.

For more information, please call Rachel Harding at Dudley Mind on 01384 442938 or email

  • released: Tuesday 9 August, 2016