Everyday life can be a struggle at the best of times, and sometimes we have to build our resilience to overcome these challenges. Thanks to funding from the players of the People’s Postcode Lottery, a group of teenage wheelchair users from Lancasterian School in Manchester took time out from their typical classes to explore the concept of bouncing back from disappointment and challenges by practicing mindfulness and self-compassion.
The Young Leaders Programme, organised by the team at disabled children and young people’s charity Whizz-Kidz, aims to deliver training to young people across the UK to help them recognise and build on their leadership skills.
The group of 10 teenagers had various changes coming up in life, so the session focused on resilience, self-compassion, and how to adapt when things do not turn out as planned. The young people talked about their emotions and how to respond to themselves when they feel sad, worried, or anxious.
Whizz-Kidz has been supported by players of the People’s Postcode Lottery since 2013 and, to date, they have generously awarded more than three quarters of a million pounds to support the charity’s work.
Rafia, Whizz-Kidz Ambassador, said:
“It was really interesting. I have never thought of being kind to myself and the mindfulness might help with my apprehension of my physio.”
Ali Hall, Young Leader Programme Manager, said:
“It’s a real privilege to introduce young people to mindfulness practices and to work with them on developing self-compassion.”
“Giving young people permission to treat themselves as they would a good friend was a new concept to some of them and I’m really pleased to hear people say that they would take this on board and try to be kinder and more caring towards themselves.”
And the success of the programme owes huge thanks to the players of the People’s Postcode Lottery whose funding allows us to support these projects.