Recreation Project

PROJECT 4 – Building Resilience in Disadvantaged Children and Young People Through Recreational Activities. 

Recreation post

In the year ending March 2016 STAR continued to fund over 200 recreational activities and over 160 children and young people were given support and funding to commence activities.

Our project aims to provide positive childhood experiences for children and young people facing severe disadvantage. The work of Professor Michael Rutter on resilience, John Bowlby on attachment, and the latest findings from the fields of neuroscience and child development have shown the influence positive childhood experiences can have on the development of the brain, mental and physical wellbeing, and resilience in the face of disadvantage. Studies have shown that children with positive early experiences are less likely to smoke, abuse alcohol or use drugs as teenagers and adults.  As adults they are less likely to suffer from heart disease, obesity, autoimmune disorders, mental illness, type 2 Diabetes and high blood pressure. A resilient child can resist adversity, cope with uncertainty and recover more successfully from traumatic events or episodes.

Through this project we hope to expand our work in 2016 to help us reach more children and young people designated as “in need”.

Activities we will fund in 2016 include:

  • Visit to Museums, National Trust properties, Wildlife and Nature Reserves and Zoos
  • Cultural visits to cities outside of Somerset
  • Activity Centres, Beaches, Fun & Theme Parks
  • Cinema, crazy golf, Go Ape, & swimming
  • Cubs and guides fees, Duke of Edinburgh Awards and school trips, and YMCA summer schools.

Project Outcomes:

  • Build and develop resilience to challenging circumstances
  • Improve engagement in learning
  • Improve mental and physical well being
  • Improve self esteem and self worth
  • Improve social skills and provide opportunities to make and sustain friendships
  • Improve behaviour and reduce anti social and offending behaviour
  • Create positive relationships with adults
  • Create greater community engagement

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Please consider helping support our recreational activities project in 2016.
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