Tackling Inequalities Fund Case Studies

Growing Resilience in Teens (GRIT) works with teenagers exhibiting symptoms of mild/moderate anxiety and mood disorders manifesting in self-destructive behaviour. The GRIT programme has been running for three years. The current GRIT programme, ‘The Rumble’, is a unique doctor led programme that combines non-contact boxing with coaching and mentoring. This format has proved to be highly successful in helping teenagers to manage anxiety and self-harm. Due to the negative effects of COVID-19 on mental health in young people, GRIT wanted to expand the programme to support a larger group of teenagers.

‘In order to reach a wider group of people and open up the much-needed discussion regarding emotional well-being, we wanted to be able to offer a modified version of the GRIT programme to the Jackman’s Estate in Letchworth’. The Rumble ran over a six-week period during the summer and was delivered to two groups of young people aged 11-18.

There were lots of positive individual experiences as a result of The Rumble. One parent, whose son attended said: ‘My son has really enjoyed The Rumble and keeps asking to carry on.’ Quotes from young people include: ‘I love coming to this’, ‘It’s helped me to feel safer’ and ‘I’ve learnt that boxing calms me down.’

GRIT is already looking ahead to future projects and collaboration with the Jackman’s area. and are happy that the fund supported the expansion of their offer to more young people in the area.