|Contact||Michelle Howard, Director of Business Development, Rivington, Blackrod and Ladybridge High School|
|Address||Rivington and Blackrod High School, Rivington Lane, Rivington, Bolton, BL6 7RU|
This project aimed to help young people aged 11-18 at Rivington, Blackrod and Ladybridge High School in Bolton to stay healthy and happy.
The project involved partners from across a wide range of sectors including the Bolton NHS Foundation Trust, leisure providers, and statutory and voluntary sector organisations.
Lunchtime drop in sessions, positive holiday activities and specialist health support have all been focused on encouraging young people to become motivated and enthusiastic about leading a healthy lifestyle.
Project activities included:
- Summer schools and holiday activities
- Assemblies and workshops focused on health
- After school and lunchtime drop in sessions
- Health Ambassador schemes
- Programmes including enhanced health drop ins delivered by both in-school and external services.
Those involved in the proejct were not only given the right advice and guidance but became motivated, and enthusiastic about leading a healthy lifestyle. It encouaged others to think about their health and wellbeing, through the creation of student health ambassadors. Through true partnership working, the teenage health project came alive and has been truly appreciated and owned by students and staff alike so that staying healthy is really a key ingredient which makes up the culture of the school.
Project outcomes included:
- Helping project beneficiaries to have an improved understanding of the benefits of healthy living.
- Ensuring that families who were targeted have improved psychological health and improved family relationships.
- Young people involved in the project should increase the amount of physical activity that they do each week by 50%.
- The conception rates in Horwich and Deane of young people 18 and under will reduce by 10% over the course of the project.
- 100% of participants to the project will be motivated to keep emotionally and physically healthy.
A positive impact has been made on over 3000 young people and one of the greatest impacts of the project is the shared learning and parternships with the local trust that allows good practice to be disseminated.
This project was reconginsed for its success by winning a Guardian Healthcare innovation award in 2013.