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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 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 -14 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 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