What does the future look like for Thriving?
We have a busy year ahead including the continuation of our after-school services and our program with WA Drug and Alcohol Youth Service. Plus, we are delivering a new program thanks to a grant from the WA Department of Communities to deliver community-based exercise programs for vulnerable young people including those with insecure housing, mental health challenges, and/or socio-economic pressures.
Our education calendar is bursting at the seams for 2022 with the continuation of our paediatric education courses for exercise professionals, Mental Health First Aid, and the launch of two new educational activities for exercise professionals – a series of ‘Clinical Conversations for Charity’ and Exercise and Mental Illness. We look forward to sharing it in a few weeks!
We have some exciting research partnerships and projects kicking off looking at exercise/sport and mental health in young people, and exercise with transgender young people.
Finally, Thriving won Practice of the Year in 2020 – what did that mean to you?
It was very humbling to be nominated, let alone selected by industry and peers as the winner of Practice of the Year. For us personally – given all the efforts, passion and hours that have gone into developing, adapting, and building Thriving over the last 10 years – but also as a wonderful acknowledgement for all the staff, students, families, and kids that have been involved in Thriving.
None of what we have achieved would have been possible without the outstanding students and then exercise professionals who help us deliver our services; the generous contributions and feedback from families, kids, and young people; our staff and board who have guided and supported us to strive towards all of our ambitious goals; plus, a lot of sweat and a few tears along the way.