Jump Start - Community Resilience

We strongly believe in the importance and value of sport and physical activity and how it has the potential to transform lives. Not only can it empower communities as a whole, it can give individuals the life skills, aspirations and experiences they need to nurture stronger self esteem. We hope that through our Jump Start programme we will be able to help many more vulnerable young people in Somerset to do this.

Jump Start during COVID-19

During this unprecedented time the priority for the Jump Start team has been able to still offer support to the young people we work with. We have been able to offer them all virtual support weekly catch ups either through video calls, phone calls or messaging. The catch ups have been a great opportunity for us to have 1:1 time with individuals from our clubs that we haven't been able to previously do through the natural of how the clubs operate. This has developed into us setting weekly challenges for those that were keen, through videos we did, then encouraging them to video themselves and send back. We then able to offer them weekly virtual boxing sessions and a weekly bike maintenance session with partners they were used to as they had been to club before. Each session gets them active and sets them challenges/practises to have a go at between sessions. Since the latest government guidance we have now been able to offer 1:1 and small group cycle rides and boxing sessions too.

We are now ready to move forward with this NEW Jump Start offer and be able to offer it to more young people who are needing support. To see the latest offer we have click on the document below and look at the case study to see how it has already been working for one young person in Bridgwater.

Jump Start Leaflet

Jump Start Clubs

Jump Start Clubs is a programme supporting young people aged 8 -14 years old whom may have chaotic home lives, struggle to stay in school or may be known to the police. We provide them with weekly activity sessions, in a supported environment where they feel safe and valued and have a voice - the young people are able to shape how the club is run, better understand the impacts of their behaviours and feel included. The sessions are an important positive opportunity for building life skills that allow them to better cope with daily life challenges.

Jump Start Mentors

Jump Start Mentors also supports young people aged 8 -18 years old who may have chaotic home lives, struggle to stay in school or may be known to the police. The programme will introduce young people to physically active provision in sports through linking with sports clubs, or other active youth sessions with the aim of them becoming part of that club. Initially they will work 1:1 with a sports mentor and then with a trained volunteer within the chosen sports club.

Jump Start Leadership

Jump Start Leadership supports 14-18 year olds by providing them with an opportunity to volunteer within the Jump Start Clubs, gaining experience of leading activities, taking responsibility for others and what is involved in running a club, with the opportunity to gain a qualification that could help increase their self esteem, life skills and ultimately their job prospects.

The benefits of the Jump Start programme to young people are:

  • Improved confidence and self esteem
  • Development of new skills
  • Being active
  • Increased aspirations
  • Feeling part of a community
  • Having something positive in their lives
  • Getting some work / volunteering experience
  • Gaining a qualification

For more information about these programmes please contact Laura Dyke 01823 653990 or ldyke@sasp.co.uk

How to Nominate a Young Person

If you are looking to nominate a young person into this programme then please look at the documents below and click here to fill out a simple nomination form. A Sports Mentor will be in touch within 2 weeks.

Partners and Sponsors

Partners and Sponsors

  • Sport England
    Active Partnerships
    Somerset Business Award Winner
    Somerset Chamber of Commerce
    Disability Confident
  • Somerset Skills & Learning
    Youth Sport Trust
    activity alliance
    Sedgemoor District Council
    Avon & Somerset Police
  • South Somerset District Council
    Somerset Partnership
    Yeovil Hospital Healthcare
    Taunton & West Somerset Council
    Mendip District Council
    Homes in Sedgemoor
  • Macmillan Cancer Support
    Spark Somerset
    YMCA Dulverton Group
    Department for Work & Pensions
    Somerset CCG
    together team
    Somerset Cricket Board
    British American Football Association
    Badminton England
    Somerset FA
  • British Cycling
    Create Development
    Children in Need
    The Salvation Army
    Somerset County Council
  • Channel Adventure
    Nova Sports & Coaching
    Zing Somerset
    Sports Coach UK