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What is Positive Minds; Empower?

New Empower sessions to start running week commencing 20th April 2020

For Year 5-Year 7 (Ages 9-12)

In Watford: The Meriden Centre, Garsmouth Way, Watford, WD25 9ET

Boys Session Tuesdays 6:30pm-8pm

Girls Session Fridays 6-7:30pm

In Hemel: JFK School, Hollybush Lane, Hemel Hempstead, HP1 2PH

Girls Session Thursdays 5-6:30pm

Laureate Academy, Warners End Road, Hemel Hempstead, HP1 3DW

Boys Session Thursdays 6:30-8pm

For more details contact

Download the new 2019 EMPOWER Group flyer

A FREE 12-week Physical Activity Programme offering mental wellbeing focused physical activity sessions. There will be an hour of physical activity sessions, followed by 30 minutes of facilitated discussion in the form of a ‘Wellbeing Workshop’. Anyone can be referred between 9-12 who’s physical and mental wellbeing could be improved via physical activities and wellbeing workshops.  The physical activity sessions can vary from Dance, to football, to dodgeball, to running to Qi Gong and is ran in both Hemel Hempstead & Watford.

The programme is ideal for young people with diagnosed mild mental health issues**, or who are ‘at risk’ of developing mental health issues (for example, the programme may suit children who are struggling to integrate into their secondary school, withdrawing from school/activities, experiencing low mood, feeling lonely, or exhibiting some bad behaviour).  The programme may also be suitable for children in care, young carers, or children who have difficult home circumstances.

Children/young people may also be accepted if they have a more complex mental health diagnosis that is being managed well and where their needs are being supported by an existing service.

**Examples of diagnosis:

  • Comorbid physical health problem

  • Mild to moderate anxiety

  • Social isolation

  • Stress

  • Panic

  • Phobia

  • Bereavement

  • Low mood

  • Depression

  • Anger management

  • Eating disorders with BMI>18

NB. We also look to enrol anybody who's wellbeing would improve by participating in more exercise and workshops in the age ranges.

Click here to watch a BBC Match of the Day video where BBC Radio DJ Nick Bright and Watford defender Adrian Mariappa came down to watch an Empower Session!


Watford CSE Trust

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Liam Dwyer - Mental & Physical Officer


Ryan Gunn – Wellbeing Project Delivery Co-Ordinator

01923 496290 / 07850 503447

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