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Improving the health and well-being
of people living in East Yorkshire
and Northern Lincolnshire

 

The aspirations of the Trust for this grant are detailed below- 

‘Over the last three years, the Tigers Trust has been working with young people experiencing disadvantage in Hull to support them to improve their health and wellbeing and to engage in school. Over this time we have learnt so much, and seen positive change in many young people.

Whilst running  projects we have seen how the Hull City brand and resources enabled us to support young people who would not engage with other organisations. Attracted by links to the football club, player visits and visits to the stadium, young people and families engage with us, opening up in a way they do not to others. We have had the privilege of listening to young people telling us about difficulties they are experiencing at home they have not shared with others. This gives us the opportunity to help and make links between families, communities, schools and health professionals. Over time we have built trust in communities and we aim to use this to help young people who need most support. As we have grown and learnt over the last 3 years, listening to young people and professionals involved in all aspects of young people’s lives, we have recognised how important consistent and ongoing support is for many young people. So we see we need to widen the project to create a whole family approach to providing support for these young people. All too often young people tell us that no one cares about them and they don’t receive any encouragement or support at home or the wider community. Many are from households where domestic abuse, drugs or alcohol are common. Others lives in financial hardship and there is little food in the house and no regular meal times. We see the impact this has on their mental and physical health and their motivation to engage with activities and to learn. 

With the impact of COVID-19 this has only been getting worse, for example with increased occurrences of witnessing domestic abuse or addictions. So we want to develop community and family based support to give a consistent, holistic approach to helping young people with their health and wellbeing- to break the cycle of disadvantage and give them hope for a future of good health and wellbeing and also economic wellbeing- we believe these things are intrinsically linked. Our community health and wellbeing programme will focus on 3 main areas: 

1. Activity sessions will bring young people with additional needs together to provide routine, structure, peer support, build confidence, build social connections and help to stay healthy and active. Health and wellbeing activities will be chosen by young people, for example football, multi-sports, cooking. Sports scientists and nutritionists from the football club will enhance these activities. Visits will raise aspirations, provide positive rewards and encouragement and help to build social networks. The impact we have seen for young people who have been able to visit, for example Old Trafford, has been amazing to see. 

2. Structured sessions 1:1 with a member of staff over at least 6 weeks will provide additional support and work on a range of topics to improve wellbeing. They will help with building friendships, managing mental health, increasing resilience and overcoming difficulties the young person experiences outside of school. 

3. Coffee mornings, talks and other activities with parents will help to increase engagement of parents and carers with the needs and activities of young people, as well as providing support and signposting for their needs such as domestic abuse and their mental health. We will help parents to support young people and broaden horizons about what they can achieve, leading young people to have increased motivation, hope for the future, belief in their potential and engagement in activities and learning. In other words to have improved health and wellbeing and prospects for the future. By using the Tigers Trust brand and resources, and our carefully designed package of support for young people influenced by their feedback, our aim is to improve the health and wellbeing of the young people we support. We have an experienced and well trained team passionate about supporting young people in our community. We expect to provide targeted support for at least 100 young people each year, and that we will see improvements in their physical health by engagement in sports and physical activities and improved understanding of healthy eating and cooking skills. Improvements in mental health will be through increased social connections, increased confidence and motivation to engage in activities. Over the last 3 years we have seen so many young people with high needs make so much progress.’