Group Activity Project

Building Resilience in Disadvantaged Children and Young People Through Group Activities. 

Screen Shot 2013-11-28 at 17.53.45Our 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, auto-immune disorders, mental illness, type 2 Diabetes and high blood pressure.

Our group activities are designed to bring young people together to make new friendships, improve their social skills, create a safe place for them to explore and take risks, to get them outdoors, get them active and experience completely new activities. Our own evaluation has proven that our group activities have made a significant impact on helping them to build and develop resilience for coping with difficult circumstances.  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.

Planned group activities for 2016 include:

  • Ice skating at Hestercombe Gardens for up to 50 children
  • An activity day at Mill on the Brue Activity Centre for up to 20 children
  • Continued funding of a regular Saturday morning club
  • A Christmas activity for 50 children
  • A horse – riding day at Cannington Equestrian Centre
  • Painted Horses workshop
  • A barge trip
  • Art workshop at Hauser and Wirth for up to 12 young people

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


The camping trip was the kind of thing I just took for granted when I was a child, but he just does not get that kind of opportunity normally. I think it did him the world of good. When you think that he is on the verge of being excluded from school due to his poor behaviour, it was brilliant to see that in the right environment he can be so well behaved, so respectful to all the adults, and actually be a positive role model to all the younger children there, and it gives me a lot of hope that he can change things around with your continued support.

Please consider helping support our growing activity projects in 2016
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