Young people are one of our priority areas of work, referred to in here as the 'Olympic Generation'. We are building on the theme of young people’s interests, intincts, spontaneity and wellbeing. We will seek to harness and nurture young people’s skills in humanities, arts, music, sports, health, education and citizenship.
There is empirical evidence from sports and academic organisations which demonstrates the important link between physical activity, mental health and wellbeing.
Careif is working in partnership with Visit London, the official organisation for London tourism. We are organising a series of events about physical and mental wellbeing. This will culminate in an international conference in 2012 shortly before the Olympic and Paralympic Games. We have also agreed to produce this final event in partnership with the World Association of Cultural Psychiatry (WACP).
Sports and Arts have been shown to benefit the mental and physical health of children and young people. The charity sector often is a main provider of health promoting activities in response to local community needs. This study maps care services provided by children’s and young peoples’ charities in England
Arts activities were the most frequently provided services, followed by counselling and by sports activities. Only 13% of charities expected their work to contribute to the health legacy of the 2012 London Olympics. Telephone help-lines were provided by 16% of charities that promote mental health. Counselling and arts activities were relatively common, but sports and activity were limited, despite the evidence base that sport and physical activity as an important intervention for maintaining good mental health and wellbeing