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Twelve Rounds' will engage young people aged 16-24, unemployed adults aged 18+, and Men aged SO living in Orchard Park and Greenwood. These groups are all people at higher risk of having poor mental wellbeing due to their circumstances and inequality they face. There is a wealth of research which suggests that prevalence rates of mental health issues are higher in deprived areas. As an area, the Hull JSNA (2018) states that Orchard Park is the second most deprived ward in Hull with only 17 wards nationally more deprived. 93% of the areas in Orchard Park fall within the most deprived 20% of areas nationally. We know that unemployment is a significant challenge facing the community (7.5% among men and 4% among women comparable with 4.7% and 2.7% for Hull men and women) and that this challenge can have negative associations for a person's wellbeing, including leaving them socially isolated. Life expectancy here is lower than the Hull average whilst instances of cancer, respiratory diseases, and cardiovascular disease are all worse than Hull and national averages. 'Twelve Rounds':  'Twelve Rounds' will deliver three, one hour sessions each week over a twelve month period for groups of people who are most vulnerable and at real risk of developing poor mental health (Young People, Unemployed Adults, Men Aged 50+). The intervention offers a preventative based approach, ensuring any person who associates themselves with one of the focus group can walk into the facility and participate, with pathways in place to signpost to more specialist organisations where it is felt that more acute provision may be required (supported by Mind Hull and East Yorkshire). All sessions will take place at the City of Hull facility on Orchard Park Road ensuring provision is accessible at the heart of the Orchard Park Estate and does not require significant personal or public transport. 'Twelve Rounds' will be advertised within local shops, public sector facilities, General Practices, and schools. Utilising social media will be key to support reach, however in our experience, word of mouth in a tight community such as Orchard Park will be vital. As such we will support our participants to become 'Twelve Rounds' ambassadors through providing a positive experience which inspires them to bring their peers to the programme. Each session will be tailored to the needs of the group, whether they be the young people, unemployed, or older men; the project design will however remain constant. Using the boxing analogy of twelve rounds, participants will take part in circuit style physical activity for 12, three minute periods. This will include cardia work, resistance exercises, pad work, and isometric exercise. Every session will have a mental wellbeing theme which will be focused upon during the rest periods, and post-match talk, educating the participants around topics such as resilience, confidence, communication, coping mechanisms, relationships, and problem solving. Whilst the physical activity aspect is the engagement tool, it provides a unique opportunity to enable people from real 'at-risk' groups to understand and improve their own mental wellbeing. An underlying theme across the 'Twelve Rounds' programme is teamwork, encouraging participants to keep an eye on their friends, family and neighbours. Potential participants told us during consultation that they regularly feel alone in their lives, therefore with the practical element of sessions taking part over seventy-five minutes, we will actively encourage participants to make use of the café facilities to connect further with their peers and develop friendships after the session. Our aim is for this to develop into a small self-help network for likeminded individuals to connect further. 'Twelve Rounds' offers a unique opportunity to connect with people facing significant inequality, embedding positive pathways into further education, employment, and specialist health services such as smoking cessation and alcohol support. The project aims to hook them into the programme and sustain their participation for the long term, providing an opportunity to progress into other projects offered by the Group e.g. employability services or wider social prescribing opportunities delivered in the area. As a small community organisation, the funding  will be utilised for an experienced, qualified sessional instructor (who has a long lasting relationship with the City of Hull team) to deliver the project, marketing materials, and a small amount of equipment and learning resources. Project Outcomes: 'Twelve Rounds' will aim to support local people to make the following sustainable improvements to their lives as well as play a part in making the Orchard Park area a better place to live: Outcome One: People living on Orchard Park will report better mental wellbeingEvery participant will complete the WEMWBS tool to assess changes in mental wellbeing on their first and twelfth session. Outcome Two: People living on Orchard Park possess skills and knowledge to allow them to manage their mental health in challenging situations. This will be identified through qualitative feedback gained from participants through case studies and questionnaires. Outcome Three: People living on Orchard Park are physically fitter and more informed about healthy choices that support their wellbeing. This will be identified through qualitative feedback gained from participants through case studies and questionnaires along with fitness test data. Potential Participant Opinion: Consulting directly with local people living on the Orchard Park estate has yielded results which provide strong confidence that 'Twelve Rounds' is an attractive programme that will be well attended. Eight men and eight women, all from the estate, participated in five project development sessions which involved assessing session content, recruitment opportunities, and potential partners whilst forty-seven people completed questionnaires within the facility's café. This data has supported understanding of the needs of local people and why our organisation was well placed to deliver. From the feedback, we know that people feel more comfortable accessing our services due to our position at the heart of the community and the fact that we are Orchard Park residents ourselves- a strong element of trust exists. We are not a public sector body; respondents did not want to take part in provision within leisure centres or have to travel into the City Centre. 92% stated accessibility and being able to walk to the provision was a key requirement.