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Improving Childrens Mental health through Sport

by Kate Williams in Bristol, England, United Kingdom

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In response to the the pandemic and issues around mental health, we are looking to recruit a sports co-ordinator to work with our children.

by Kate Williams in Bristol, England, United Kingdom

APE is an acronym for Art, Play, Environment and these are the three key principles that drive our mission to enhance the lives of children and young people through the provision of open access freely chosen play opportunities and quality activities.

We aim to deliver supportive environments and workshops for children and young people promoting creative problem solving, sense of self worth, co-operative learning, resilience, risk taking, and development of social skills. We provide stimulating, challenging, exciting and educational experiences in a safe open space where children feel valued and supported.

The APE Project is seeking full or part funding to pay for a PT Sports Specialist Playworker to join our team to facilitate the following activities at theSt Pauls Adventure Playground: football, basketball, cycling, calisthenics and circus skills. They will also act as an advocate for sport and sign post children and families to other sport opportunities and activities around the city.

We want to reach out to children that have been adversely affected by the pandemic - particularly those in high rise flats and inner-city areas. In a recent report monitoring responses from Bristol children about the Covid pandemic, young people commented that one of the biggest struggles they faced was with the lack of normal extra curricular and sporting activities (Bristol City Youth Council Report oct 20). This monitoring demonstrated that 33% of children felt more anxious and 42% felt their mental health had deteriorated (particularly from isolation). Research shows that engaging in physical activities and sport can have a positive impact on the resilience and wellbeing of children and young people, including building self-confidence and their ability to form positive relationships. 

We believe this role will help us to reach out the most vulnerable and disadvantaged and support them through the development of key skills and the promotion of physical activities. Our work will help to develop co-ordination and social skills and ensure inclusivity for disabled and disadvantaged children. The postholder will have a Mental Health level 2 qualification to help support children suffering following the lockdown and Covid crisis (we have already secured funding for this course).

The post will be for 24 hours a week and will cost a total of £18,720 pa. To date we have secured £13,000 towards this goal from Wesport, Quartet Community Foundation and Comic Relief, leaving us with £5,720 to still secure. Any funding towards this amount would be fantastic and help us reach out to vulnerable and disadvantaged children in the Bristol area.


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