ABOVE: Young people getting involved. From left to right we have Justin James, James Hamilton, Scott Nabarro, Nathan De Hart and the front, Li Ern Soo (that’s right, show us those muscles!) and Breanne Dyde. ABOVE: The whole team at Body Fit. Khalil is top left and Stephen is third from the left. PHOTOS COURTESY OF BODYFIT
The young people from Blacktown Youth Community Living Support Service (YCLSS) took part in a promotion for a local fitness club in August 2016. This involved a weekend photoshoot with the team at BodyFit Blacktown. ELSPETH CORNELL of YCLSS fills in the details.
We have been working with BodyFit Health Club located at Lalor Park for approximately eight months, that is since February 2016. They have provided the young people with significantly discounted casual and membership rates.
The people we need to thank for this are the owner Khalil Alrichan and manager Stephen Anderson. So thanks guys!
YCLSS has had a focus on Fitness as a means of improving mental health for sometime now. It all started over a year ago when Western Sydney University and Y-POP (Young People’s Outreach Program) teamed up for a twelve week bootcamp. When it concluded we noticed the significant impact it had on the young people’s self esteem and willingness to engage back into the community.
The young people reported that they felt fitter and happier. Some even reported a reduction in their feelings of depression and anxiety. We even had one young person join a Crossfit gym in their local area after a recommendation from the personal trainer hired for the 12 week program, Michael Harlow.
Michael Harlow has also volunteered his expertise for other one day workout sessions at Grevillea Cottage and for YCLSS outings. We have also worked with Wetherill Park Crossfit who offered a free eight week program for the young people called WPCF Movement.
We are now working with BodyFit on an individual tailored fitness program for each young person wanting to use their facility. Breanne Dyde says ‘the staff at BodyFit are friendly and seem to enjoy their job.’ Some people don’t like the idea that others might be looking at them in a gym, but Nathan De Hart says that he didn’t feel that way at all. ‘I like the staff,’ he added.
We really appreciate the way local community businesses are working with us to promote wellbeing among the people who access Flourish Australia’s services.
ABOVE: The whole team at Body Fit. Khalil is top left and Stephen is third from the left.
PHOTOS COURTESY OF BODYFIT
Youth Community Living Support Service
Unit 9, 197 Prospect Highway
Seven Hills 2147
02 9393 9290
BodyFit Health Club Blacktown
27 Sackville Street Lalor Park 2147
02 9621 3370
Wetherill Park Crossfit
Unit 3/11 Lagana Place Wetherill Park 2164.
02 9756 1473