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Y NSW launches new active wellness program for Parramatta and Mount Annan youth
Y NSW is launching a new program - ‘Uplift’ - in Parramatta and Mount Annan to tackle the roll-on effects of COVID-19 on the lives of local young people, equipping them with the tools to thrive in uncertain times.
Launching 11th March in Parramatta and 15th March in Mount Annan, the free six-week active wellness program is designed to help young people harness the power of physical exercise to improve health, reduce symptoms of depression and anxiety and boost self-esteem and confidence.
Mental health and social isolation are among the top five concerns of children and young people according to a joint report by the Australian Human Rights Commission and Kids’ Helpline into the impact of the pandemic on young Australians.
Y NSW Head of Youth Programs (Metro) Heather Lynn said it’s vital to equip young people early with tools to manage their wellness in the current climate.
Lynn notes “we know the impact of the ongoing pandemic on young people will be long lasting and challenging.
“Y NSW is responding proactively to this concern, bringing Uplift to Mount Annan and Parramatta. The program is accessible to anybody aged 16-24 and is about discovering the strength of the connections between our bodies, minds and spirits to support wellbeing.”
The program is supported by a Y NSW youth worker and fitness instructor.
Previous participant, Isabella, 18, said the program’s impact has been long lasting.
“Mentally, emotionally, physically and socially this program has made an immense positive impact on my life. My sleep schedule and eating habits have improved, physically I’m healthier and I feel better about myself, my appearance and the way I have structured my weeks around this program,” she said.
In Parramatta, the program will run out of the Y NSW and Westfield Y Space pop-up from Thursday 11th March, 5.45 - 7.15pm.
Uplift will launch in Mount Annan on Monday, 15th March between 5.45 and 7pm at the Mount Annan Leisure Centre.
Of all participants taking part in 2019-2020 Uplift programs in Greater Sydney, 78.8% believed their mental health had improved 90.9% said they made positive connections 92% felt their physical fitness had improved.
The expansion of Uplift to Mount Annan and Parramatta is possible thanks to funding from Camden Council and Australia Post.
Registrations can be made by young people or guardians and referral services at ymcansw.org.au/community-services/mental-health/uplift/
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