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YMCA Bradford launching wellbeing programme in May 2019

In May this year Bradford YMCA will be launching a wellbeing programme called Shaping Spaces. If you are working with any young people that you think may benefit we are currently recruiting and would love to hear from you. We are also able to welcome new members at any time over the coming year so please do keep this information and share with individuals or organisations that you think may be interested. If you would like to know more or would like to refer a young person please contact Rachel Deadman – [email protected]

Funded by ‘Building Connections’ (a partnership between the Co-op Foundation and the Government) our wellbeing programme is for 16–25 year old who feel, or are at risk of becoming, anxious, down or alone. Each Wednesday we will go out and enjoy time together in some of Bradford’s beautiful green spaces. On Thursdays we will meet indoors to reflect on the experience of the day before and run small group sessions and one-to-ones focusing on relevant issues and topics such as how to build positive relationships, goals for the future and life-skills. We aim to support participants to build new friendships, increase their confidence and self-esteem, improve their wellbeing and gain tools to enable them to stay healthy after the programme.



The project will be particularly beneficial to young people who spend a lot of time indoors and feel a lack of connection to their community. It’s a complicated time to be growing up and the City of Bradford can feel busy, grey and overwhelming. We are offering the chance to step out into green spaces to strengthen a relationship with nature, ourselves and each other, and to provide a space of calm for tired minds. The programme has been co-designed with a steering group of young people and activities to date have included tree planting, lighting and cooking on a fire and guided mindfulness walks. We work alongside Bradford Environmental Education Service so have the opportunity to work with community groups on various conservation projects.

Our aim is that this new project will complement and enhance the other excellent youth provision in Bradford. It will also be part of a research project into youth loneliness and ways of helping young people who are experiencing loneliness. If you have any comments or questions please do get in touch, we want to make this work in the most positive way for all involved, including referral partners.

Key Info

Programme dates: May 2019 – Dec 2020

Length of participation: 4 months

Contact days: Wednesdays and Thursdays 10am – 3pm

Venue: Culture Fusion, 125 Thornton Road, BD1 2EP (trips out on Wednesdays)

Group Size: up to 10

Cost: free, reasonable travel expenses can be refunded each day

Supported by Co-op Foundation and government through the Building Connections Fund Youth strand.

If you would like to know more or would like to refer a young person please contact Rachel Deadman – [email protected]

Posted by YMCA Admin & Marketing Team on Tuesday, 30 April @ 13:59
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