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‘Being healthy is being happy’ say young people from Mahdlo Youth Zone

5th July 2017 by OnSide

Young people from Oldham have learnt that being healthy is being happy after recently completing the 5 Ways To Wellbeing project at Mahdlo Youth Zone.

As part of the Oglesby Health and Wellbeing project – a network project focusing on the health and wellbeing of OnSide Youth Zones members – Junior members were invited to take part in a five week course to learn more about wellbeing.

We caught up with the young people on completion of the 5 ways to wellbeing project, to hear the young people’s highlights take a look at the video below:

Each week the group took part in a range of activities to gain a better understanding of 5 ways to wellbeing which are:

  • Connect
    The group learnt the importance of connecting with others, including friends, family, neighbours, teachers in school or staff at Mahdlo. By taking part in games and sharing their interests, they were able to connect with others in the group.
  • Be active
    From high ropes to trampolining, the group went on various trips around Oldham to inspire them to be active every day.
  • Take notice
    Young people were tasked to notice the little things by taking part in a photography workshop. Walking around their neighbourhood, the group were encouraged to take some time to enjoy the moment and the environment around them, whilst capturing their findings on camera.
  • Keep learning
    Young people got hands on during the ‘keep learning’ session, visiting the local allotments where they had an introduction to gardening and planted their own sunflowers.
  • Give
    After an exciting cooking session, young people presented their freshly baked cakes to other members in the Youth Zone.

 Emma Burke-Sheen, Health and Wellbeing Champion at Mahdlo Youth Zone said:

“The project was a great way for us to focus on health and wellbeing with our members.

‘5 ways to wellbeing’ was a real success as the fun way in which we approached each topic meant all of the members were fully engaged.

It’s great to hear the young people are planning to put what they have learnt into practice after the project has ended.”