Junior Youth Empowerment ProgrammeJunior Youth Empowerment Programme providing a space for young people to meet, learn and grow.
Benefit of community projects
Volunteering in community projects and performing acts of kindness can have a positive impact on mental wellbeing. There is a small amount of evidence to suggest that getting involved in environmental activities and projects may also have a positive impact on physical health. Community engagement can foster a greater sense of ownership and identification with the local area, which may lead to long-term sustainability. It can also combat social exclusion and empower individuals.
Buzz Health and Wellbeing Service (Neighbourhood Health Worker)
Manchester Baha’i Community
The Junior Youth Spiritual Empowerment Program aims to support young people to develop their potential both through strengthening their moral identity and developing their intellectual and creative faculties.
The commitment and check-ins from the older young people delivering tutoring was appreciated by parents in the group. One parent expressed the benefit the child has experienced in being able to maintain a connection when they can’t go to school.
Another parent attributed the JYEP sessions, that explore spiritual and emotional wellbeing, for improvements in their child's wellbeing during lockdown. Siblings were fighting a lot but the conflict resolution saw a notable improvement.
The delivery of the JYEP was impacted by COVID-19. Nonetheless the group met in groups of 6 when possible.
The main success was being able to provide a space for young people especially during COVID-19. Many were restricted to their houses due to school being closed. The funding went towards: venue hire, art materials and will go towards training camps.
The young people in the group also created a tutoring programme for the younger children in the area. This was a mutually decided service project by attendees in Ardwick.
The impact and legacy of this project is that the young people of Ardwick have not felt forgotten about.
The group will continue once lockdown is lifted, with the remaining buzz funding going on room hire so the group can meet in person.
Strategic links to local/national policies
Increased mental wellbeing
More engaged in community
Community ownership and long-term sustainability
Empowerment of individuals
Increased physical activity and physical health
Curry et al (2018) Happy to help? A systematic review and meta-analysis of the effects of performing acts of kindness on the well-being of the actor. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 76, pp. 320-329
Husk et al; Cochrane Systematic Review (2016) Participation in environmental enhancement and conservation activities for health and well‐being in adults: a review of quantitative and qualitative evidence
Pillemer et al (2010) Environmental Volunteering and Health Outcomes over a 20-Year Period, The Gerontologist, 50 (5), pp. 594-602
Public Health England (2015) A guide to community-centred approaches for health and wellbeing
Nico Dhillon - Neighbourhood Health Worker
T. 07553 708 029
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