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Get into your local park and get active

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Thursday, 29 November, 2018

Burnley Leisure has accessed £10,000 of Awards For All funding to deliver an innovative project to engage young people in outdoor activities as a way of improving their mental health.

Burnley, in line with national trends, is currently seeing rising mental health issues, particularly in primary school children.

Based in Thompson Park, Burnley, Getin2 Active Parks is an exciting opportunity to provide an engaging programme of educational outdoor activities.

Burnley Leisure is creating a programme based around a network of educational trails throughout Thompson Park and the neighbouring Brun Valley Forest Park; combining the benefits of education with physical activity. The aim is to tackle issues for local primary school age children who are experiencing mental health issues by creating outdoor education packages for them to access on their doorstep.

Getin2 Active Parks will use the outdoors, incorporating mountain biking, kayaking, fishing and orienteering, as group activities in order to improve children’s mental health.

Michelle Grimes, Burnley Leisure’s events and funding officer, said: “We will be working closely with the local school sports partnership and newly-formed Burnley Health and Wellbeing partnership to target young people who would benefit most from this programme.

“Outdoor activities and taking children into a local open space, developing skills that outdoor education promotes such as team building, decision making, resilience, all help in improving mental well-being. They are seen as the best way to support young people who are showing signs of mental health issues.”

For further information contact Michelle Grimes on 01282 477167 or email mgrimes@burnleyleisure.co.uk

 

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