Projekt 42

Projekt 42 is the UK’s first wellness centre to combine personal training, group fitness, yoga and mental health services – all in one membership subscription. We make booking to see a Person-Centred Counsellor, Cognitive Behavioural Therapist or Psychotherapist as easy as booking a fitness class. Our aim is to help communities see and understand the connection between their physical fitness and their mental health and the need to take care of both.

We are different from most commercial gyms. We have no shareholders and we employ a circular revenue system where up to 40% of the membership fee that people pay to access our services goes towards paying for community members to access free and part-funded counselling, free monthly memberships and community programs. We opened in 2017 with four volunteers and now have a team of over 100 people working together to help as many of our community members access fitness, yoga and mental health services.

We use the profit that would ordinarily go to private shareholders to do the following:

  • Deliver over 150 hours of fitness, yoga and meditation classes each week. Every day there are a number of free activities from fitness to yoga, and class prices starting from £1.50
  • Work towards reducing the barriers families face when accessing physical fitness and mental health activities by delivering family activities, allowing children to participate in classes and having an on-site crèche staffed by a childcare practitioner
  • Have a team of 40+ counsellors, psychotherapists and Cognitive Behavioural Therapists working alongside our fitness team. We provide funded counselling sessions to anyone who applies via our self-referral application form. For the most vulnerable people in our community, access to our counselling service is free and for those that can contribute, our subsidised price per session starts at just £7.50. 
  • Provide support and funding for people to train towards completing fitness industry qualifications and support towards gaining employment