Saturday 14th October saw Investing in Children host their World Mental Health Day event at the Riverside Ground in Chester-le-Street. County Durham Sport supported the event by delivering a physical activity and nutrition workshop that was co-designed and led by young people. Durham Youth Council also joined us on the day, with four of their members supporting our workshop.
The workshop featured a unique and interactive element— the smoothie bike (kindly lent to us by Shildon Alive). Children and young people, and their families had the opportunity to hop on the bike and blend their own refreshing smoothies using fresh fruits and juice. It was not only a fun and delicious experience, but also an excellent way to emphasise the importance of healthy nutrition.
In addition to the smoothie bike, our young leaders organised physical activity challenges that included the speed bounce, bean bag throw, and ruler drop. These activities were not about competition but were designed to instil a sense of achievement, teamwork, and joy in the participants. The emphasis was on making physical activity enjoyable, accessible, and an integral part of daily life.
What made this workshop truly special was the fact that it was designed and led by young people. This approach not only empowered the young people but also ensured that the activities resonated with the target audience, making them more relatable and impactful.
As part of our commitment to promoting good physical and mental wellbeing, we distributed free resources to families packed with ideas on how to stay physically active at home. These resources were tailored to suit different ages, ensuring that everyone could find enjoyable ways to incorporate movement into their daily routines.
Other workshops on the day included creative arts, sleep hygiene and self-help bags. These were led by local partner organisations working alongside Investing in Children.
The enthusiasm shown by everyone who joined our workshop and the event overall was truly inspiring. Before leaving, those who attended had an opportunity to contribute to the two emoji walls that we provided in a creative way to provide feedback.