The Running Charity

  • The Running Charity harnesses the power of running to support young people aged 16-25 experiencing homelessness and multiple complex needs including poor mental health.

  • Its programme combines running coaching with personal development to support young people with experience of homelessness, the care system, offending, refugee status or domestic abuse.

  • It develops individualised plans to help its members navigate complex and sometimes inequitable systems that work against them, this can include the health system.

  • Their programme offers comprehensive, proven and bespoke in-house mental health support in the form of evidence-driven therapeutic activities and wellbeing guidance.

  • The majority of its staff have personal experience of homelessness or complex needs. This allows them to act as credible role models to the people they serve.

  • In 2023 it supported 200 young people in London, Leeds and Manchester.

  • Its objective is to increase its support to nearly 600 people by 2025 by expanding its reach its prisons, young offending institutions and schools and expand its footprint to other parts of the UK.

  • Chimo’s funding will allow The Running Charity to hire a new coach increasing the number of young people it supports.


The Running Charity gave me my life back and more. They helped me take control of the mental health problems that were consuming my life, which I thought was impossible. I’m forever grateful.