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Edinburgh Leisure #YouCan

Edinburgh Leisure was awarded funding of £108,359 to run from April 2018 to March 2021

Young people with care experience have told us that they would love more opportunities to be active and have fun, developing their interests and trying out new things in areas such as music, art, sport and crafts. The Creative and Active Lives funding initiative was created with this in mind.

The funding will support young people with care experience to increase their social networks, skills and improve their health. These projects all have young people at their heart, as the Trust works with organisations that create opportunities for young people to design and lead programmes themselves. The Trust awarded a total of £1,746,170 to fourteen Creative and Active Lives projects across Scotland.

For the past 7 years, Edinburgh Leisure has been running their Looked After and Active project which offers free access to leisure facilities for children and young people with care experience.

However, young people aged between 14 and 26, often feel that they are too old for sports coaching and the more adult activities they want to take part in such as fitness classes, gym sessions and swimming don’t offer a coach to instruct, motivate and inspire them to be active.

Project #YouCan overcomes this barrier by matching each young person with a mentor to give them the practical and emotional support they need to help them get active. Mentors help keep young people motivated, providing person centred support and advice, and helps them to set realistic goals.  The participants and their mentors meet for weekly sessions to try a range of activities, either individually or in small groups. The project looks to secure long term engagement with healthy activity by working with young people to focus on healthy life choices. 

Through this project, care experienced young people will feel supported to have active lives, enabling them to increase their confidence, resilience and wellbeing as well as increasing their social activity.

Read more about Edinburgh Leisure’s project