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Snow-Camp launch new mental health programme Uplift

Snow-Camp are launching a brand-new mental health programme called Uplift. The decision to launch the new programme comes as a result of our monitoring and evaluation data, which revealed 83% of young people we worked with last year feel they need more mental health support.

Mental health is something that our young people are increasingly struggling with and they don’t often have the means or resources to cope with anxiety, anger, frustration or depression but through Uplift we hope to address this and provide them with the mental wellbeing support they need.

Uplift Planning Session

Kevin Hempstead, a humanistic counsellor and registered BACP member, will be leading the delivery of the programme alongside Doctor Carla Stanton.

Snow-Camp’s youth volunteers decided on the programme name Uplift. A name linked to skiing and mental wellbeing. The youth volunteers will be trialling the programme from March to June and we hope to run the programme alongside the charity’s core snowsports programmes next year. Uplift will contain several workshops and 1-1 support sessions that will help young people suffering with low self-esteem, self-confidence and self-defeating beliefs. The workshops will teach young people invaluable coping mechanisms to help deal with toxic attachments, societal conditioning and addictions.

Uplift Planning Session

HeartMath technology will also be used for real time feedback and to assess personal trends over time including the physiological changes that take place as a result of Uplift.

The programme will be funded by the George Bairstow Charitable Trust, a Trust set up in honour of George Bairstow who was tragically killed in a car accident in 2013, whilst heading home from a shift volunteering for St John Ambulance. The Trust aims to support young people who, like George, want to volunteer in their community and have a passion for helping others in need.

Lara Kinnear, Snow-Camp’s Operations Director said:

“Since 2003, Snow-Camp has provided innovative youth development programmes in London. We know that a lot of the young people we work with live in areas with high levels of deprivation and many have faced a number of significant traumas in their young lives including knife and gang crime. We know first-hand that there is so much more work that needs to be done to support young people across inner-city London. We hope that alongside our snowsports programmes Uplift, our new Mental Health Programme will help do exactly that. We’re extremely grateful for the support of the George Bairstow Charitable Trust, this wouldn’t be possible without them.”

Maria Bairstow, Chairman of George Bairstow Trust’s Trustees said:

“Snow-Camp’s work with young people is inspiring. Our Trust was founded to support exactly these types of programmes. George was a keen skier and was committed to helping those around him. We’re incredibly proud to be helping Snow-Camp launch their new Mental Health Programme that has the potential to help support hundreds of young people.”