Healthy Living & Community Links – the roles of Local Schools

Key to all successful and high achieving schools is the need to focus and deliver activities to pupils, which enable:

  • Enhanced Healthy Schools status: healthy and active lifestyles, through activities which promote informed health choices by pupils
  • Good working relationships with parents/carers and family members – providing opportunities for all families to get involved with school activities where possible
  • Activities which can be targeted to support specific groups of vulnerable pupils and their specific needs: to build resilience; to promote healthy relationships and communication between them and other pupils and family members; to support the most excluded: those with physical and mental health disabilities; young carers; pupil premium plus pupils; looked after and kinship children.
  • Inter-generational work and increased confidence and self-esteem: through shared activities such as gardening and crafts
  • Raised aspirations: through activities which open children’s eyes to their local neighbourhoods: through linkages with community organisations and services

We also believe that secondary schools are in a prime position to work closely with neighbourhood based groups and organisations. We are able to link children and young people with community activities and expand their world beyond simply the playground and home settings.

This can open up pupils awareness as to the range of play, youth, family and environment work happening locally – and this can have a positive impact on the whole family

Our Menu:

We can deliver from a menu of activities including:

  • Art & Crafts
  • Dance
  • Sport
  • Healthy Eating/cookery courses
  • Gardening/Nature

Our Kit/Resources:

We don’t come empty handed. As an established organisation, we own a huge array of kit and equipment to enable our activities to be fun and safe. Kit includes the following: a cage for football; a large outdoor inflatable ‘room’ for many types of activities; plenty of arts and crafts resources.

Our Offer:

Our team has the expertise and experience to be able to work with you to deliver around a wide range of activities, in a variety of formats – accessing funds to deliver these. We deliver through varied formats including:

  • After School Clubs / Breakfast Clubs in school premises
  • Holiday Courses – again in schools premises, offering a wide range of activities
  • Themed activities: single activities to meet a specific need identified by the school (may be for a specific group of pupils)
  • Alternative Curriculum – Specific to the group or individuals we work with
  • Trips – either walking or on transport – to a range of local/regional venues
  • Whole school events: involving families and/or communities coming together to celebrate
  • Consultations with children and young people and/or their family members