AoC Mental Health and Wellbeing Award - Lancaster and Morecambe College Case Study

The Tackling Inactivity Project, Moving Minds aims to improve the health and wellbeing of our learners with a focus on ‘hard to reach’ groups. We aim to improve learners’ mental well-being through physical activity.

The project has been the catalyst to a new whole college approach. TIP has discovered methods of engaging learners with identified support needs across the college into physical activity, without the barriers associated with sporting activities.

The college has seen a rise in mental health awareness and disclosure across staff and learners. The Safeguarding Team working closely with interventions plus accommodating external agencies are able to act swiftly, which has led to higher learner retention and attendance within our higher needs learners year on year.

Moving Minds has been embedded into cross college timetabling with the support of Senior Managers and Governors. Demographic data suggests that mental health within feeder schools is on the increase suggesting that TIP will be required to expand over the coming years to support the increasing needs.

Focusing on mental health and wellbeing has been one of the main priorities of our Tackling Inactivity Project (TIP), enabling us to plan proactively and reactively for all learners with mental health and wellbeing concerns.