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BOBS Skills

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Health + Creativity + Community = Wellbeing

Since 2019, Culture Shift has developed the Being Our Best Selves (BOBS) programme. In January 2022, Culture Shift delivered a series of BOBS Skills pilot sessions, extending the existing BOBS model into Further Education settings addressing the criteria of the Catch Up Fund.

The Aims

 

The BOBS Skills programme tackles real and significant challenges which are faced by growing number of young people, particularly in the light of pandemic experiences, including:

  • Lost/disrupted learning

  • Low self-esteem and confidence

  • Poor social skills

  • Lack of resilience

  • Mental and physical health pressures

  • Concerns for the future as a consequence of both the pandemic and climate change

  • Lack of vocational and practical skills and meaningful encounters with employers

Crucially, the sessions are interactive and engaging, celebrating individuality and nurturing a strong sense of self and awareness of what we can all do to bring out the best in ourselves and others.

The Activity

Activity includes

  • Gentle physical activity

  • Checking-in 

  • Team Activity

  • Self Reflection

  • Creative Activity

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Learning

 

Music provides a background atmosphere and motivation. A high number of students identify music as something which aids their ability to focus.

Visual aids are highly effective engagement tools. Using pictures rather than words is an accessible starting point for group activity.

Movement is beneficial. The sessions are always active and interactive, punctuated with movement around the room, responding to instructions and undertaking tasks.

Participants are encouraged to develop and extend BOBS activities independently and embed the skills and approaches they are introduced to into their everyday lives. In order for this to be possible, we suggest at least a week between an introductory session and a follow-up is beneficial.

We are currently delivering longer-term, flexible programs of activity, building on the success of these one-off sessions.

Be The Best Version of Yourself
Be The Best Version of Yourself

Young people were asked to write down aspirational quotes which motivate them

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Building a Tower

A team building activity

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BOBS Gallery

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Be The Best Version of Yourself
Be The Best Version of Yourself

Young people were asked to write down aspirational quotes which motivate them

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For more information download our summary of the Bobs Skills Pilot here
or contact us at info@cultureshift.org.uk to discuss your specific requirements