What's the difference in the programmes that Inspire offers?
School Holiday Programmes
School holiday programmes run for 4 days generally Monday - Thursday during the school holidays. The main programme runs from 10am-3pm daily (with the option of Kirsty looking after the young people for extended hours if needed).
The holiday programmes each have a theme that the activities and talk is focussed on for that week. These weeks are a wonderful way to practice mindfulness, meditation and gratitude on consecutive days to help embed the ideas and benefits that come with doing such activities. Having a small group means that meaningful friendships can be formed and as Kirsty likes to "walk the talk" the week is full of constant opportunities to explore well-being from physical, emotional and mental perspectives. The space created is welcoming and intimate where young people can share their feelings and really develop their ideas and feel empowerment about themselves.
The longer day sessions also give us the opportunity to do a morning and afternoon meditation. Mindful natures walks are taken (weather permitting) to break the day up and add a nature perspective to the skill we are focussing on.
After School Sessions
An alternative form of childcare, iNSPiRE after school sessions are a great opportunity to develop a weekly practice of mindfulness; meditating, finding calm and gratitude and having time to reflect. The sessions run during term times after school usually from 3.30-5.30pm.
Kirsty provides a healthy afternoon tea so we can practice mindful eating and focus on a different theme each session. These sessions are a great way to carve out time in their week to relax and find calm (the young people LOVE doing a meditation every session!), work on their journals and have a chance to spend time with new friends made from other schools. This is a great alternative to after school care with the potential of school pick ups (availability permitting).
iNSPiRE runs stand-alone workshops on sporadic weekend mornings for 3 hours. They are a great way to get a taster of what we do at iNSPiRE - try meditation, journalling, meet new people and play games and activities based on building a particular personal skill eg. confidence, compassion or gratitude.
Kirsty wants to run these sessions so young people have a chance to practice mindful activities even if you can't make it to a weekly session during the term. Each session has a variety of participants (some first timers, some regular so each session is never the same); a different group dynamic and always something to learn!
Due to the COVID-19 global pandemic, the (in person) term 1 after school sessions and school holiday programmes were paused during Lockdown in level 4 and 3. Instead, Kirsty ran iNSPiRE online: these sessions ran multiple times a week for an hour and were a great way to stay connected, healthy and mindful from the comfort of our own home.
Activities included deeper breathing, setting intentions, meditating together, mindfulness and craft activities and practising affirmations in a safe space.
This form of session will also be offered going forward to allow young people from other areas to benefit from the programmes and activities that iNSPiRE delivers!