Bolton Smart Enterprise, based in Deane in Bolton, aims to support young people who have disengaged from education, training or employment, to build their confidence, self-esteem, motivation and basic life skills.

Their Healthy Options Group was established by young people in Bolton to deliver a series of sessions promoting health and wellbeing over 26 weeks.

Wanting to develop the Healthy Options Group to improve their own lifestyles and wellbeing, the young people met at their steering group meeting and identified that they would like to develop a programme that increased their level of activity each week, which means taking regular exercise, increase their awareness about what is available in their own community and wider across Bolton.

The group’s members then set up a weekly walking group for young people within the community and created their own posters and publicity campaigns to attract more young people aged 14-25 to join them.

The project was a huge hit. The group monitored their weight using a weight chart on a regular basis and tried new foods, becoming more aware about the food they eat including sugar, fat, salt contents and other food groups. They have found that they are now eating healthier and doing more exercise.

The group are feeling more confident, have increased their social skills and made new friends because of a result of participating in the Healthy Options project. The group was pleased to have achieved all of the outcomes set out in their plan.

One attendee said: “Since I have been eating healthily I feel better about myself. I never usually eat fruit but I have now started to eat a least three pieces a day. I have made new friends and really enjoy going to Jumbles Park with our new walking group.”