Improving the Health and Wellbeing of young people has always been a priority for OnSide Youth Zones. Thanks to support from The Oglesby Charitable Trust, a new three-year Health and Wellbeing project will help Youth Zone staff identify health issues affecting young people and equip them with the training needed to deliver targeted interventions, resulting in healthier, happier Youth Zone members.
The project, which aims to reduce the need to refer young people with lower level health related needs, will be carried out across the OnSide Youth Zone network at the following Youth Zones: Oldham, Wigan, Manchester, Carlisle, Bolton, Wolverhampton and Blackburn.
Starting with a Health Assessment Survey conducted last year across 8 Youth Zones, the project saw young people answer questions relating to different aspects of their health. The findings were used by each Youth Zone to identify the main health priorities for their young people with a number of pilot projects set up across the Youth Zone network.
The next two years of the project will see Youth Zones continue to deliver workshops covering a range of key areas including:
· 5 Ways To Well Being – focusing on Mental Health
· Fab 5 – focusing on Obesity
· Self Harm
· Unplanned Pregnancy
· Oral Health
· Substance Misuse
· Sexual Health
· Physical inactivity
Twelve months into the project and young people are already seeing the benefits of exploring health and wellbeing topics. Mahdlo Youth Zone in Oldham, delivered ‘Lean for 17’ which saw a group of young people explore healthy eating and exercise. The group particularly enjoyed the introduction to circuit training with members now requesting weekly circuit sessions at their Youth Zone.
After six weeks, 100% of young people taking part in ‘Lean for 17’ felt an overall improved attitude towards their health and wellbeing in comparison to when they started the programme
“The issues this project addresses are of vital importance both to the current wellbeing of young people and assisting them to develop both psychological and physical resilience as they grow. The project is increasingly successful in ensuring that Youth Zones develop a clear framework and practical programmes within which to support and prioritise the Health and Wellbeing agenda to the benefit of young people.” – Mike Doran, CEO at Mahdlo Youth Zone
By the end of the project 100% of young people reported they saw an improvement in being active and exercising regularly, eating appropriate food portions and feeling good about their body.
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