Fit 4 Life

As part of our commitment to our Young People, in partnership with Partisan and with the support of Mayor of London and Berkeley Foundation, we have expanded our Fit 4 Life Programme to include therapeutic support and mentoring.

Our programme consists of 3 complimentary strands to ensure we provide support in the areas it is most needed:

COMMUNITY STRAND

Wellbeing support for
marginalised young
men aged 17 – 25 y/o

Weekly drop-in
sessions

SCHOOL STRAND

Activity based wellbeing
group at City Heights
School

Weekly sessions
for Year 9 students

WORKFORCE STRAND

Group training and learning
spaces during half terms
and holidavs

Weekly 121
supervision

The following is a summary from the first 12 months of the programme.

COMMUNITY STRAND:

SMP and Partisan have been working with young men on Tulse Hill Estate for over a year now, offering a safe community space in which to discuss mental health and wellbeing issues. Due to the nature of the relationships we have built up with young people, we have been able to work with hard-to-reach and marginalised young men who have been affected by violence and exploitation, when they do not feel comfortable accessing most other services.

KEY FIGURES:

24

young people in attendance

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35

sessions in 12 months

You don't need to change anything, it's calm.

Feedback from participant

My friends told me this place is chill. It’s peaceful, there are no problems here.

Feedback from participant

SCHOOL STRAND:

The partnership between a SMP coach and Partisan clinician provided an intervention that supported students’ emotional wellbeing. The consistency of weekly sessions provided a safe space for students to engage in group conversations, one-to-one sessions, as well as fun activities which helped to create an environment of open and honest dialogue. Goals for the programme were set by students and included: sleep hygiene, improving self-confidence, peer relationships, managing anxiety and low mood, as well as reduction in self harm

KEY FIGURES:

12

Year 9 students engaged in weekly sessions

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21

sessions delivered

All of the students reported improvements in their goals

P [student] has not been as angry as a result of the intervention. She has repeatedly thanked me for selecting her to be part of the programme and she is always talking about how much she gets from the group. We are looking forward to having you back next year

Feedback from staff at school

Deputy Head Teacher
The project has benefited me in many ways, it made me open up and speak about my feelings. Overall, it was a 10 out of 10 experiences, it made me talk about my feelings when other teachers would not listen

Feedback from participant

WORKFORCE STRAND:

A clinical psychologist has provided supervision for the SMP team, engaging with the coaches in various ways (formal and informal, one-to-one and group) depending on need. Topics have been co-produced alongside the coaches and focused on upskilling the coaches in trauma-informed approaches, working with neurodiversity, contextual safeguarding, and highlighting the strengths and resources coaches draw upon to manage challenges in their work.

KEY FIGURES:

20

coaches attending the sessions

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24

1-1 sessions

Five group session have been run

I found the sessions very therapeutic and transparent, as well as helpful. It’s given me a path to address issues I wasn’t really able to do previously.

Feedback from coach

Fit 4 Life is supported by:

Supported by Mayor of London