Team of life project celebrates success

The Wirral Team of Life, an innovative project led by Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, recently featured in the Wirral Globe following a presentation of the prestigious Princess Diana Volunteer Award to a group of peer mentors who were praised by Liverpool Football Club for their work and contribution to the project.

The Team of Life uses sport to help young people celebrate their achievements and the important people in their lives. Young people play sport alongside group activities which develop their awareness and confidence in the skills, qualities and sources of support they have in their ‘team of life’ to support them in ‘scoring’ their life goals and overcoming obstacles.

Wirral CAMHS Clinical Psychologist Dr Vicky Eames, working in collaboration with staff and peer mentors from The Mosslands School, Liverpool Football Club Community Coaches and Wirral Healthy Schools, adapted and delivered The Team of Life to a group of Year 7 students at Mosslands School.  The approach has since been delivered to a mixed age group from Wirral Hospital School (Joseph Paxton Campus).  Parents and carers who were invited to a celebration event at the end of the programme said the concept was ‘a very good idea’ because it offered exercise and social integration as an alternative to traditional one to one therapy.

The approach has proved such a success that it is now hoped that it will be developed into a downloadable resource,  so that it can be used more widely with groups of young people in partnership with schools and community services.

 

 

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