Joseph Paxton, Wirral Hospital School

Yesterday, the The UTS Foundation proudly began our exciting and ambitious new health and well being project at Joseph Paxton, Wirral Hospital School.

This excellent school is designed to cater for students who have specific medical needs which often involve aspects of mental health, e.g. anxiety, depression, self- harming, eating disorders, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and personality disorders. These are often combined with developmental disorders such as ASD and Asperger's Syndrome some of which may be undiagnosed or have late diagnosis.

The project, which was funded following a successful grant application to the Ray Messer Foundation and the Community Foundation for Merseyside, will place particular emphasis on the importance of good nutrition and regular exercise to help with their mood and general wellbeing, whilst developing their physical literacy, self confidence and interpersonal skills.

Underground Training Station Coach, Holly Kim Parsons was on hand to offer a light coaching session with numerous games and challenges designed to encourage the young people to engage in physical activity and to enjoy the benefits of exercise. This is something that these young people often struggle to engage in due to their health condition.

We have many more projects with vulnerable groups and organisations in the coming weeks and months, including the launch of our first breast cancer project next week, which we are excited about and will endeavour to keep you all informed.

Thanks, as always, for your continued interest and support.

For all enquiries about the Foundation please contact Tony Berry at, or call 0151 294 3172.