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Our approach to ensuring young people keep active is threefold.

Firstly, our aim is to encourage the young person to indulge in physical activity so that they become more aware of their bodies and own fitness levels, gain a greater understanding of the positive impact of exercise on their bodies, and learn that physical activity can become a useful tool for managing their mood and building their confidence and self-esteem.

Secondly, our aim is to encourage the young to pursue the interests and hobbies they already know while at the same time presenting them with opportunities and experiences which expand their current interests and hobbies. We believe this approach helps the young person consolidate and expand their protective factors in preparation for their return to the community.

Thirdly, our aim is to encourage the young person to take part in a variety of activities both individually and as a group.  This approach supports them to learn to: take enjoyment from their own company and increase their self-reliance skills; take enjoyment from the company of others and enhance their social skills, their ability to share and their working with other skills.

This approach increases the young person’s understanding of themselves, their bodies and their ability to have fun in positive constructive ways which impacts on their successful re-integration into their community.