Youth Fitness Mentoring Programme

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The programme was created when Andrea qualified as a personal trainer, she wanted to combine all her qualifications and her role as a mental health ambassador, to inform young people on how they can use fitness and a positive mindset to help manage their mental health.

 

The programme was piloted as an early intervention measure for looked after children (LAC) because statistics show that of the 68,000 Looked After Children in England, 67.8% have special educational needs. 1 in 10 children aged between 5 and 16 have a diagnosable mental health disorder.

The aim of the programme is to give each person a chance to have fun, learn whilst doing so and be part of a unique service that promotes healthy lifestyles. 

 

As a result of the positive impact that the programme had on the young people and the fact that 50% of mental health problems are established by age 14, it is now available to young people of all backgrounds, aged 11-18 years old.

What is the Youth Fitness Mentoring Programme?​

  • Social prescribing - enabling professionals and parents/carers to refer young people to our non-clinical service.

  • Gives each young person the opportunity to take part in fitness mentoring sessions (be active), educating them on the benefits of good mental and physical health, combined with a healthy nutritional diet.

  • Provides support for challenging or vulnerable young people, in a safe and nurturing environment, a place where they can F.O.C.U.S both mentally and physically on educating themselves for a healthier future.

  • Teaches the five ways to wellbeing: A mindfulness programme equipping them to be able to use the lessons learnt in their everyday lives.

  • Guides the young people to understand that is is not always possible to tackle their mental health or self-esteem directly. As a result, they are given the skills to know how to positively use their body, as the thin end of the wedge.

Benefits of physical activity for children & young people

• Builds confidence & social skills

• Develops co-ordination

• Improves concentration & learning

• Strengthens muscles & bones

• Improves health & fitness

• Maintains healthy weight

• Improves sleep

• Releases endorphins - a hormone that the body produces to ease pain and make you feel calm and happy.

A young person aged 11-21 years old can be referred to the programme via the following:

  • The Local Authority - Virtual School

  • School / College / University

  • Family 

Current Programme:

  • Once a week for 60 minutes participation in physical activity for six weeks - (minimum time spent on the programme)

  • 1:1 or buddy support (The consultation and personal development time is always an individual session)

  • Physical expression - identifying what is going on in the body & mind

  • Access to a positive role model

  • A mentor to discuss any issues they may be having to deal with in or out of their family home

  • Personal development workbook

  • Weekly discussions/topics - Mental health awareness, body image, nutrition, education, personal hygiene 

Mentoring​

In addition to the practical training and education, young people are mentored to assure them that they are not alone in dealing with day-to-day challenges and making them feel like they matter. Research confirms that quality mentoring relationships have powerful, positive effects on young people in a variety of personal, academic, and professional situations.

How we Measuring Impact

  • Pre/Post/Follow up - Questions for the young person, carer and social worker

  • Rate your mood - pre, during and after the session

  • SMART goals based outcome questionnaires

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