WHO WE ARE
We are a unique social hub in NW Leicestershire that deliver wellbeing and performance coaching, adventure therapy, and educational courses to promote an increase in wellbeing and healthy living.
We offer a number of packages / programs to work with individuals in changing their lifestyles:
10 Week Educational Wellbeing / Health Program – this is a combination of classroom based educational workshops that focus on delivering cognitive and emotional develop tools alongside group discussions and with the delivery of skills such as map reading, outdoor skills and more. As is mentioned in the name, it lasts for 10 weeks and is our medium sized delivery program. The course also features at least one weekly outdoor activity session such as walking, mountain training, kayaking, abseiling, canoeing and more. The course end with a final expedition and has many more optional extras throughout (such as hiking in the mountains of Wales).
90 Day Educational Wellbeing / Health Program - This is our extended performance and wellbeing package. It features a combination of classroom based educational workshops that focus on delivering cognitive and emotional develop tools alongside group discussions. Also included is the delivery of skills such as map reading, outdoor skills and more. The course also features at least one weekly outdoor activity session such as walking, mountain training, kayaking, abseiling, canoeing and more. The course ends with a final expedition and has many more optional extras throughout (such as hiking in the mountains of Wales). The 90-day nature of this course allows for extended adventure and extended learning, providing the ultimate self-development and adventure course.
Open Outdoor Activity Sessions (kayaking, hiking, abseiling, climbing etc) – What it says on the tin, action packed, fun (cub / scouts for adults). A great place to meet a wide variety of individuals and people and do activities that inspire, help fulfil a sense of achievement and put people in the midst of adventure therapy.
1 to 1 mentoring and support – Performance and wellbeing coaching offered by the support team at The Leg Up Project, one to one phone calls and weekly catchups to explore issues that are present in individuals lives and to discuss workarounds and tools to help deal with these issues. Those with additional requirements and needs are referred to external organisations and offered interim closer support from us.
28 Day Online Wellbeing Education Course – a compact course ran to those who are not quite ready or able to get to an in-person meeting but would like to access our services and the delivery of our performance and wellbeing coaching / cognitive and emotional tool delivery.
Women’s Health Group – a group setup for women, that is run by women (with the assistance of the project), a safe space to meet new people and get involved in physical activity (ranging from walking to the more adventure focused canoeing and kayaking). This has now merged under The Leg Up Project umbrella!
Under 26's Service – FREE activities to improve the wellbeing / resilience and prevent worsening of Mental Health Issues within those people under 26 years old.
Health and Wellbeing Check-up – a place whereby individuals come to get their routine physical observations measured BMI, height, weight, blood pressure, pulse oximetry, blood glucose and pulse rate with an emotional wellbeing check up with one of The Leg Up Project staff.
Whilst we work with individuals facing personal difficulties, this is not an inclusion criterion, and our doors are open to anyone who wants to be a part of a close, positive community with a desire to improve themselves.
Our focus is to prevent isolation, loneliness, and the risk of development of mental health conditions by enforcing techniques to build resilience and counter deviations in ideal mental health. Our project is about the maintenance and improvement of wellbeing as well supporting those facing adverse mental health issues.
A number of those that utilise our project are impacted by a range of difficulties such as (but not limited to); mental health problems (commonly primary conditions such as anxiety and depression), relationship difficulties (breakdowns and breakups), emotional difficulties (containing, expressing, sharing, and understanding emotions), interpersonal issues (crossing boundaries, understanding the needs of others, loneliness) and general poor health (physical health).
We help individuals by helping them understand themselves. We use a range of techniques and alternative methods to shape their interpersonal effectiveness, distress tolerance, emotional intelligence, mindfulness, physical health, overall subjective wellbeing, and emotional regulation. These skills when embedded in the individuals’ lives provide a strong, nurturing barrier to raise wellbeing in the face of adversity.
We signpost candidates, to professional services, that we feel are out of our remit. We refer and signpost others to drug and alcohol services, additional CIC’s, co-operatives and charities, mental health and counselling services, other physical activity sessions, parenting advice and more. We have trained mental health professionals on board to consider adaptive measures to those who suffer from mental health conditions and learning disabilities and to provide reassured and supportive guidance to ensuring that our services are provided equally and fairly. We possess a working knowledge of primary and secondary mental health conditions and both psychoses and neuroses, this working knowledge allows us to recognise and adapt to the full range of needs of the target population.
The four areas that underpin the rationale of the project are to increase subject wellbeing, quality of sleep, nutritional balance, and increase physical activities and subsequently physical health. We aim to help people think with a more positive mindset and replace their negative coping mechanisms with positive ones.
Our educational packages are designed to increase wellbeing through a preventative and combative approach by giving the tools to better understand the way we think and act and for challenging cognitive and emotional difficulties, we are huge proponents of building resilience to counter poor mental health. We are also aware of the wider issues that impact wellbeing and address these openly throughout. Our model not only helps individuals through a difficult time, but it also gives them the knowledge and tools for long term health and to support others.
We connect individuals and allow them to be open within a supportive and controlled environment, friendships and bonds are formed that reduce isolation amongst peers. The two alternate settings (outdoors and indoor) provide two alternate nurturing environments that act to enhance positive feelings through physical exercise and wellbeing and performance coaching. We do not pitch ourselves as a mental health service, but we recognise the link between what we do and its intrinsic impact on mental health, we are therefore able to engage with groups of people that would usually not interact with services.
Our physical activities support the above by facilitating the opportunity to build strong interpersonal relationships, build resilience, build confidence, improve physical health, prevent a worsening situation, and to share and tackle upcoming or current issues within the safe environment of the group. Our program includes a wide variety of physical activities that suit a range of health requirements and fitness levels to be inclusive for all. The physical focus sessions often given the service users a chance to employ and utilise the skills they have built over the classroom based educational topics.
A clear link has been established between physical health and mental health. Our service addresses both types of health and combines the two into a holistic package. There is no other program within the area that combines preventative measures with combatting measures in a joint target approach. There is also no other provider offering educational awareness combined with adventure and outdoor therapy. The resources and workshops provided are developed towards instilling resilience and written by a First-Class Educator and Former Royal Marine Commando whereby resilience is key to succeeding.
Our only inclusion criteria are that in order to benefit and access our full free range of services is that a person must be living in the county of Leicestershire and be 18+. This is the only criteria required to utilise our services.