Active families is a programme that supports families to become more active.
Over the past year, the Covid pandemic has had a significant impact on children and young people but also their families as well. National and local research has highlighted a drop in physical activity, physical literacy, mental wellbeing and social skills. However, it’s also indicated that parents enjoyed being active with their children during lockdown which we believe can be capitalised on.
By working with schools, we can ensure that we support those families that need it the most. Our experienced coordinator will work 1:1 with a small number of families to support them to be more active with their children, which may be at home or in the community. As well as the 1:1 support, we will offer other families a stepping stone in to activity though signposting, guidance and group support.
Thanks to Herefordshire Council (the Government’s Covid-19 Outbreak Management Funds grant as part of Herefordshire Council’s Covid-19 recovery plan) and Active Herefordshire & Worcestershire (Tackling Inequalities Fund from Sport England and the National Lottery), we are able to provide our Active Families programme to schools for FREE, throughout this academic year.
We have limited places available for this programme, so if your school is interested, please contact Emma (email@example.com) by Friday 15th October.
Meet our coordinator, Sarah!
My work is driven by my own passion for sport, physical activity and its associated benefits in improving health, wellbeing and socialisation. The desire to expand my knowledge around physical activity, in particular motivation and behaviour lead me to complete a degree in Sport Development, Sport and Exercise. This arose through my previous role working in a primary school supporting children through PE but in particular those children who disengaged or experienced low self-esteem. This resulted in my dissertation research around how a sports leadership programme could support children with identified behaviour concerns, low self -esteem or disengagement with PE increase their wellbeing and self-efficacy.
Experience of supporting and mentoring comes from working with both adults and children, through my work in a local Primary School for 15 years a role that included delivering curriculum PE lessons across all age groups and after school clubs, creating fun, engaging events to inspire all children to take part in physical activity. In addition to this is 5 years experience as project coordinator for a county wide physical activity project which aims to get adults active using motivational interviewing techniques and behaviour change support. Relationship building with clients, physical activity providers and stakeholder is at the heart of my work alongside gaining knowledge of what activity is available locally. In addition to this, I provide support for Herefordshire School Games with creating the Activity Village, where children can have fun exploring tasters of different activities.
Through personalised support my aim is to help adults and children to find ways to be active that they will love, make them feel good and want to continue being active.
1st Class Honours Degree in Sport Development, Sport and Exercise
Motivational Interview trained
HLTA status with specialism in PE, SEN and Maths