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Sanctuary Supported Living partners with Dame Kelly Holmes Trust

22 April 2021

Sanctuary Supported Living has partnered with the Dame Kelly Holmes Trust to offer young residents the Get on Track for Wellbeing programme, with the aim of improving their wellbeing, confidence and life skills through sport and physical activity.

Dame Kelly Holmes - Get on Track For Wellbeing Programme graphicYoung residents will be mentored by Dame Kelly Holmes Trust's athletes.

The Dame Kelly Holmes Trust’s Get on Track for Wellbeing programme gives young people aged 16 to 25 the opportunity to work with current and former professional athletes over a period of six months. The partnership is being held for a second year, after a successful programme in 2019. 

The athletes working with Sanctuary Supported Living’s residents this year include football player Chris Elliott, beach volleyball player Chris Gregory, netball player Serena Guthrie MBE, former badminton player Suzanne Miller, and former boxer Hannah Beharry.

The young people taking part in the programme will also be supported by Sanctuary Supported Living and the Trust athletes to learn and develop the skills needed to enter further education, training or employment.

Young residents living at five Sanctuary Supported Living supported housing services for young people are set to take part in tailored training and support sessions: Weston Foyer (Weston-Super-Mare), Brighton and Hove Foyer (Brighton and Hove), Victoria Road (Hartlepool), Defoe Court (Epsom) and Sudbury Young People Supported Housing (Sudbury). 

In addition, many young people living at other Sanctuary Supported Living services (including those for people with learning or physical disabilities, or mental health needs) have the opportunity to take part in a virtual programme designed to reach as many young people as possible.

Live interactive workshops and pre-recorded videos will support the young people across the country, with sessions focussing on topics including self-belief, problems solving and a positive mind-set.

David Shaw, Head of Growth & Business Development at Sanctuary Supported Living, said: “We’re very pleased to be partnering with the Dame Kelly Holmes Trust for a second time. Many of the young people we support benefited from working with professional athletes in 2019 – from getting fitter and more active, to being inspired to plan for their future, with one young man embarking on a career as a personal trainer. 

“We hope that the 2021 programme will be just as successful and reach more young people across our services - improving their mental, emotional and physical wellbeing – especially at a time when young people young people are feeling the impact of loneliness, disrupted education and disconnection from existing support networks in the wake of Covid-19.”

We’re very pleased to be partnering with the Dame Kelly Holmes Trust for a second time.

David Shaw, Head of Growth & Business Development

Ben Hilton, CEO of Dame Kelly Holmes Trust added: “The Trust are really excited to be working with Sanctuary Supported Living once again, with our athlete mentors delivering Get on Track for Wellbeing programmes across five sites. We know how difficult the last year has been for many, but we also know from experience the hugely positive role our athletes can play in mentoring young people and how transformative an impact they can have, to help young people become the best version of themselves.” 

The Get on Track for Wellbeing programme is supported through Sanctuary's Community Investment Fund, which aims to support initiatives which meet the aspirations of Sanctuary residents.

To find out more about Sanctuary Supported Living’s accommodation and support for young people, visit our young people page, or find a service near you. You can also read stories from some of the residents who took part in the Get on Track for Wellbeing programme in 2019: Amber, Curtis, Morgan and Liam.

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