Building on my work at Bedfont Lane Community Centre, this project will expand into working with the Isleworth youth offending service, delivering a 16 week programme consisting of after-school sessions for local young people. Sessions will be one hour of physical activity and 30 minutes of group discussion focusing on health, well-being, personal development and prevention. Discussion topics: Knife Crime - prevention/intervention Mental Health - getting conversations going to help reduce stigma and normalise, importance of prevention and early sign posting for young people to helpful services Drugs & Alcohol - Group discussions about Drugs& Alcohol; the potential harmful effects and how to recognise addiction and how to help and sign post to relevant organisation Workshops will be delivered by qualified trainers, with full CRB check, who have experience working with disadvantage youths.
What we'll deliver:
Why it's a great idea:
When I was younger I had my own experience of all these things, personally or through friends. Football and some great mentors and organisations helped me turn my life around to become a fully certificated football coach. I want other young people to have the chance I did. The BBC report knife crime has risen to 82% involving teenagers under 18 wounded or killed. Using group discussions and engaging with other organisations, like Outside Chance, providing support for the young people we aim to reduce incidences. Mental health and lack of confidence is common in young people. Talking openly in a “safe” group, united as a team, we can help improve self-worth, knowledge and understanding of mental health issues. We will also signpost individuals if necessary. Physical activity to promote a healthy lifestyle, using football to improve fitness, skills, teamwork and social skills. It’s been shown football also works well for mental health conditions like schizophrenia.
Steps to get it done:
Some background reading and articles that have inspired me: https://www.google.co.uk/amp/s/amp.theguardian.com/world/2007/jan/08/football.italy https://www.google.co.uk/amp/s/amp.theguardian.com/society/2018/jul/31/young-people-mental-health-crisis-uk-us-suicide
About the space
London Borough of Hounslow