Lions Clubs of the British Isles and Ireland have 17,000 men and women based in almost 900 Clubs throughout the British Isles and Ireland. We are one of the largest voluntary organisations undertaking hundreds of fund-raising activities in our cities, towns and villages with 100% of monies raised going direct to good causes. Not one penny is spent on administration costs, which are funded entirely by Lions members.
Since 1984, the Lions Clubs of the British Isles and Ireland have been financial supporters, endorsers and partners of a national health and well-being charity, Tacade. We have provided Lifeskills- based education initiatives and resources for those working with children and young people from the ages of 3 to 19 years.
Unfortunately in 2012 the charity made the difficult decision to close. However, the Lions Clubs of the British Isles and Ireland felt that the loss of these valuable resources was sufficiently great as to justify intervention. Consequently the decision was made to purchase the stock, publishing rights and intellectual property from the Administrator and to continue with the provision and development of lifeskills based resources to address the health and wellbeing for all children and young people.
With the decision made, the volunteer Lions members established a new organisation named ‘Lions MD 105 Lifeskills Ltd’ (which is awaiting inclusion under the charitable status of the Lions Clubs International Multiple District 105 Charity Trust - Number 1149750). The overall aim is to research, write and develop resources and distribute them to all those requiring health and well-being resources within the British Isles and Ireland and to our British Forces schools. The Lions MD 105 is the name given to the Multiple District in which we serve within our communities and the number represents the British Isles and Ireland.
LIONS LIFESKILLS SUPPORT for the HEALTHY SCHOOLS LONDON-HSL-PROGRAMME
The Healthy Schools London programme was launched in May 2013, through the initiative of the Mayor of London. It connects with the very successful voluntary National Healthy Schools programme in which 93% of schools participated. Unfortunately this programme was lost in many areas of England due to the cuts in the education budget in 2011.
The Healthy Schools London programme sets out to help London’s children stay healthy and happy as they grow up. In this context, what happens at school every day is really important. Schools can help children lead a healthy lifestyle directly – to make healthy food choices at lunchtime, to be active at and on the way to school. More widely, schools can help children learn about their health, and develop their motivation and self-respect to make healthy choices.
The new programme recognises and celebrates schools that are making a difference for their pupils. By working together with our colleagues in London’s 32 boroughs-20 in District A and 12 in District SE, Lions want to build a programme that schools are proud to be part of, and help London’s children to be healthy, happy and achieve.
Taking part in the Healthy Schools programme, and working successfully for the tiered awards will enable schools to directly support the health and wellbeing of their pupils and staff.
An evaluation of the national programme on which Healthy Schools London programme is based showed the many tangible outcomes. But the benefits go beyond health.as participating schools have also reported reduced incidence of bullying, improved behaviour and improved attendance. Head teachers have also said that they found the Healthy Schools Programme helpful as a general school improvement tool.
Aims and Objectives
The Healthy Schools London programme operates in three areas: - diet, exercise and Personal, Social and Health education (PSHE), Lions Clubs of the British Isles and Ireland seek to support the programme in the area of PSHE. London schools are invited to engage with the programme and then seek to achieve the awards at Bronze, Silver and Gold standard.
The Lions are providing this support through Lions MD 105 Lifeskills Ltd. Our objective is to provide the resources to enable schools to work towards achieving the various levels of the awards. The primary part of this objective is to assist the entry level for schools to achieve the Bronze standard.
To do this we have developed a new resource- Skills for the Primary School Child: Health and Well-being CD and our Lions Clubs are supporting it free of charge in all engaged schools. Secondarily, we wish to provide specific resources to assist schools to engage with the Silver and Gold standards. These schools will receive one further resource and the choice of this will depend on the type and status of the school:-