For a while now I have been thinking of other ways to support the children I work with. Over the past few months I have been seeing a large number of boys aged between 10 and 14 with ADHD who were all presenting with the same low self esteem, anxiety and challenging behaviour. I wanted to develop a safe place outside of therapy rooms, doctors appointments and nurses where we could work on this self esteem issue while promoting inclusion and allowing these kids to be what they are,,,,kids.
The statistics on co morbid mental health issues and ADHD/ASD are worrying. Currently around 75% of those with ASD will also experience mental illness, typically manifesting as anxiety disorder or depression. So I knew it was time to act.
I was lucky enough to be able to reach out to Goldmith Mancuso - a fantastic local company (http://www.goldsmithmancuso.co.uk/) and together Green Light was born!
Green Light Youth offers a safe, accepting and understanding environment for boys with behavioural disorders, we provide events packed full of fun and adventure for boys to meet other boys like them. This helps to build on their social communication skills, reduce social isolation and anxiety and at the same time increase their self-esteem and self-confidence. Many young people with behavioural disorders come into contact with many places where they are not understood or just feel that they are constantly being “told off”. Green Light creates an environment where young people are understood and accepted. All activities are designed to be fun and active and are run by experienced youth workers and myself. We are very proud and excited to be able to share the project with you all so please check out the website, facebook and twitter (all links below..)