Inner Flame brings light to young people during lockdown

By Nick Batten on 19 November, 2020

Local Swindon Charity, Inner Flame, has been supporting young people in innovative ways throughout the lockdown with its new programme ‘Manage Anxiety Your Way.’

With funding from the Big Lottery, Lloyds Bank Foundation and Nationwide, the charity has been able to reach out to young people who have been hard hit by the effects of the Pandemic.

The “Manage Anxiety Your Way” programme was due to start in March when the first lockdown was introduced. As the need for the Programme became even more acute, Inner Flame adapted and launched the first pilot in June.

The programme helps participants (aged 16-25) to take control of how they deal with anxiety by introducing a variety of techniques, based on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Mindfulness and the five ways to well-being. The participants can try out different approaches and see what works for them.

When they leave the Programme, participants have a clear idea on how to move forward in managing their own mental wellbeing and taking their next steps in life. Inner Flame also provides additional support through a combination of peer-led support groups, 1:1 support and mentoring.

One young person who has benefitted from the programme explained, “I joined Inner Flame with anxiety about talking to peers. I was finding university very difficult due to this. After just a few weeks of engaging in the Inner Flame group calls I became more confident and found speaking a little less daunting. I even found that I was able to apply these skills to my university online calls and I feel great for this now.” 

Inner Flame has been working with young people in Swindon since 2008.

David Wreathall, Founder of the Inner Flame said, “In that time, we have seen a huge change in the needs of the young people we work with. A large majority of those joining our courses suffer from mental health issues and we are keen to offer something to help them. ‘Manage Anxiety Your Way’ offers young people a chance to take control.” 

Elizabeth Postgate, Manager at Inner Flame, added, “We were surprised and delighted by how effective the programmes are, now we are running them online.” 

Further funding from Sport England’s Tackling Inequalities Fund has ensured that the Programme will continue through 2021.

For more information on the Manage Anxiety Your Way Programme, contact Kathryn@innerflame.org.uk or head to www.innerflame.org.uk/courses

Pictured above: Elizabeth Postgate, Manager at Inner Flame