On the course, clients of the IPF and their partners or personal assistants took part in a series of activities designed specifically to enable those with life-changing injuries to participate. The numerous adaptive adventurous activities & sports included archery, a 60ft rope climb, tennis and various sports hall games to engage the mind as well as the body. These adaptive sports are utilised as an experiential context to teach various aspects of personal growth and development by the CGO staff.
Alongside the activities, the groups also took part in personal coaching sessions led by the CGO staff. In recent years health coaching has become a widely used approach to support individuals initiate behaviour changes and improve elements of physical and/or mental health status. In the context of these IPF courses, the health coaching approach is the central plank in delivering a participant-centered experience aimed at encouraging and equipping participants to improve their health and promote self-management.
The effectiveness of attending the courses in positively influencing aspects of physical and mental well-being was researched by staff from Leeds Beckett University and lead by Dr Chris Kay. When attending a course, participants are requested to contribute to a series of research surveys. They are then invited to contribute additional data two months later. Data contributed by the participants and their influence attribution information will be published to evidence the influence courses have participants’ recovery, personal growth and how it plays a part in shaping their future.