Shape Up For Work

Supported by the Big Lottery, Shape Up for Work builds the confidence and fitness of young unemployed people.

Being fit can make young people feel better about themselves and this contributes to their self-assurance and self-esteem. In turn this can improve their prospects for gaining employment. Our Shape Up for Work project is aimed at unemployed young people aged 18 – 25 and enhances their chances of gaining employment or training.

Unemployment can create a vicious circle leading to low self-esteem while the lack of employment reinforces a lack of confidence. Shape Up for Work aims to break that cycle.

The project is delivered in three locations in Worcestershire through 10 hour long sessions over 10 weeks.  Sessions include fitness activities, discussions about exercise, nutrition, and healthy eating with employment support being provided immediately after the fitness session. All participants complete an employment and personal fitness plan to help them to set targets.

The idea for Shape Up For Work came from research that suggests fitness and weight affects employment prospects. Although the project focuses on helping unemployed young people tackle fitness problems, the underlying purpose is to build confidence and empower young people.

Shape Up for Work builds stamina, strength and flexibility as well as increasing motivation and confidence.

For more information about the project or to make a referral, contact Phil Street.

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