Stepping Stone Coaching Programmes
ActivNess is an Inverness based charity that helps people become more active with the purpose of improving mental health, and facilitating self management. Our aim is to break down barriers and connect with people that wouldn’t normally engage in recreational activities due to mental health challenges. We operate as a gateway service that supports people through the journey back to a more active life.
ActivNess Coaching Services are all about building confidence and skill in a friendly, supportive environment, they focus on developing the service user’s physical skills, and building their confidence in an activity environment so they can then go on to experience the wide range of recreational activities available around Inverness and the Highland Region. There are many health, social, and economic benefits to having a more active society.
Our 'stepping stone' activity services offer ‘Back to Basics’ sessions which aim to give service users a solid foundation in functional fitness for daily life, sport, and play. We take things back to the beginning, and start from there. We focus on mobilisation, balance, coordination, gross motor skills, strength, and flexibility. We also try a range of different recreational activities in a safe, fun, non competitive environment. This practice helps to improve technique, and develop skill using a variety of equipment.
Our 30 day 'stepping stone' coaching programme supports people through the journey from inactive to active lifestyle. We take the time to discover where their skills lie, which skills need to be developed, and what type of activity is enjoyed most. We then help the service user find activities locally that interest them, and give continued support through the entire process of starting the activity by way of a buddy system. Each programme includes a 30 day plan to follow, plus 12 hours of personal coaching and support to help facilitate behaviour change. Sponsored individuals are referred from local mental health organisations.
Coaching sessions last one hour and can be held indoor at an Inverness studio, at the clients home, or outdoor utilising the free local sports facilities or green spaces. They are offered on a one-to-one (or one-to-two, usually a friend or carer) basis, and conducted in a relaxed, friendly manner that creates an environment that allows for open dialogue.
If you would like to help sponsor someone through a programme please donate here, or contact [email protected] for more details.