Positive Youth Foundation head for Leeds

We’re often told that it’s the people who make our events special. The participants, the staff, the marshalls and the volunteers. Without any one of these groups, our events could not function. Not least, the volunteers. 

We recently caught up with Cormac Whelan, programmes manager at Positive Youth Foundation. This year they’ll be bringing a small army of 40 volunteers to the Great Northern Mud Run.  These volunteers will also get a crack at this year’s course.  

What is the Postive Youth Foundation?

Positive Youth Foundation (PYF) is a registered youth charity that supports young people to achieve their full potential. Through their bespoke community-based programmes, PYF takes young people beyond engagement and towards sustained positive lifestyle choices. Their programmes look to tackle anti-social behaviour, build resilience, raise aspirations and improve the physical and mental health of young people aged 8-25. Our organisation celebrates and welcomes diversity and difference.

What are your main goals?

  • Support young people towards living fuller and more active lifestyles
  • Reduce the potential of isolation by providing activities that need no prior skill or experience.
  • Ensure routes into all programme are accessible and welcoming.
  • Identify ‘highly targeted’ young people that require additional holistic support
  • Work with local people and local communities to support them to play a more active role in looking after their own health and well-being and that of their family, friends and neighbours.

You were with us in 2018, right?

In 2018 PYF brought 20 young people aged 14 – 20 to Total Warriors Lake District event. Some of the young people were actively volunteering as youth leaders in their local community and others were more “unusual suspects” when it came to volunteering but were curious enough to get involved in Total Warrior. The leadership skills and teamwork that they developed over the 2-day event allowed these youth leaders to return to their local communities with transient energy and a confidence that was projected onto others throughout the local summer programmes.

And this year?

This year PYF will be bringing a group of 40 young people to support the Leeds Total Warrior event. Only 8 of last year’s crew will be returning as we only felt right that this unique experience should be open to more young people part of our programmes. There are more of the “unusual suspects” involved this year with young people coming from a range of engagement programmes. Programmes such as our “Involved” strand which looks to support newly arrived refugee and asylum seekers to actively become part of their local scene, and, our “RAP” strand which has a whole range of different ways to engage with education, training and employment and looks to supports young people to overcome any issues they may face, so they can reach their own goals.

For more information about the Positive Youth Foundation, click here.