Snow-Camp, the UK’s only charity using snowsports to change the lives of inner-city youth, has announced the launch of their new Mental Health Programme, Uplift.

The decision to launch the new programme comes as a result of the charity’s monitoring and evaluation data, which revealed 83% of the young people they worked with last year feel they need more mental health support. Uplift will be funded by the George Bairstow Charitable Trust and delivered by Kevin Hempstead, a humanistic counsellor and a registered BACP member.

Uplift Planning Session With Carla And Snow-Camp Young Person

Snow-Camp’s youth volunteers decided on the programme name “Uplift”. A name linked to skiing and mental wellbeing. The youth volunteers will be trialling the programme over the next few months and Snow-Camp hopes to run the programme alongside the charity’s core snowsports programmes next year. The programme will contain a number of workshops and 1-1 support sessions that will help young people suffering from low self-esteem, self-confidence and self-defeating beliefs. The workshops will teach young people invaluable coping mechanisms to help deal with toxic attachments, societal conditioning and addictions.

The programme will be funded by the George Bairstow Charitable Trust, a Trust set up in honour of George Bairstow who was tragically killed in a car accident in 2013, whilst heading home from a shift volunteering for St John Ambulance. The Trust aims to support young people who, like George, want to volunteer in their community and have a passion for helping others in need.

Uplift Planning Session With Kevin, Carla, Snow-Camp Staff and Snow-Camp Young People

Kevin Hempstead, a humanistic counsellor and registered BACP member, will be leading the delivery of the programme alongside Doctor Carla Stanton.

Lara Kinnear, Snow-Camp’s Operations Director said:

“Since 2003, Snow-Camp has provided innovative youth development programmes in London. We know that a lot of the young people we work with live in areas with high levels of deprivation and many have faced a number of significant traumas in their young lives including knife and gang crime. We know first-hand that there is so much more work that needs to be done to support young people across inner-city London. We hope that alongside our snowsports programmes Uplift, our new Mental Health Programme will help do exactly that. We’re extremely grateful for the support of the George Bairstow Charitable Trust, this wouldn’t be possible without them.”

Uplift Planning Session With Snow-Camp Young People

Maria Bairstow, Chairman of George Bairstow Trust’s Trustees said:

“Snow-Camp’s work with young people is inspiring. Our Trust was founded to support exactly these types of programmes. George was a keen skier and was committed to helping those around him. We’re incredibly proud to be helping Snow-Camp launch their new Mental Health Programme that has the potential to help support hundreds of young people.”