The Be Healthy programme is supported by National Lottery funding, and is part of Young Pioneers, a charity run by young people, for young people. It was founded by Luke Lancaster at the age of 12 after he was assaulted in school, who decided to respond by setting up his own charity for young people.
With the motto "
it's cool to care," Luke now spearheads several Young Pioneers' projects to create opportunities for young people to turn their lives around.
Thanks to Lottery funding, Be Healthy is proactively tackling youth obesity and teaching young people how to eat healthily, cook on a budget of £10.50 per week, manage stress and take exercise. The project offers young people a health MOT and then signposts them to where they can get support in their local area.
A Be Healthy mobile teaching unit visits care homes, schools, pharmacies, businesses, festivals and coffee shops to provide drop in support for young people. National Lottery funding has allowed 20 youth trainers per year, many of whom were homeless and abused as young people, to re-engage in life and escape the poverty trap. They in turn provide over 1,500 health MOTs per year.
The young people who participate in Be Healthy have also developed a portal: www.force4good.academia.co.uk, and a range of jewellery which will helps towards funding the programme's continuation into the future.
Luke and his team of young people have transformed the lives of many young people and are now working on several sustainability projects.Be Healthy Big Lottery Fund Back to top